It's starting to sound like the Jets might be without Darrelle Revis on Sunday in Pittsburgh.The star cornerback, who suffered a concussion in Sunday's win over the Bills, still hadn't been cleared for live contact as of midday Thursday, meaning he won't practice for the second consecutive day. On Wednesday, Revis was approved for physical activity, but all that amounts to is lifting weights, running and riding an exercise bike.Rex Ryan, commenting on Revis' chances of facing the Steelers, sounded less optimistic than previously."If he's not 100 percent, Darrelle won't play, it's as simple as that," Ryan said.The coach said he expects to make a decision before the team leaves on Saturday. They don't want to put a concussed player on an airplane."By Saturday, we'd better know something, whether he's going or not," Ryan said. "This coach would never put a player out on the field if there's a higher risk of him getting injured. There's no way in heck I'd do it."The Jets are calling it a "mild" concussion, but Revis still must satisfy NFL protocol before he's allowed back on the field. A player with a concussion must be cleared by the team doctor and an independent neurologist before he can practice or play.
My two cents :
Sit him. Revis is a franchise defensive player, and the last thing you'd want to do is risk his long-term health.
KERLEY UPDATE : WR/PR Jeremy Kerley, who missed Wednesday's practice with a stiff lower back, is expected to play, according to Ryan. How much he practices for the remainder of the week remains to be seen.
STEEL CURTAIN : On Wednesday, safety LaRon Landry claimed the Jets have better personnel on defense than the Steelers -- a bold statement, considering the Steelers were the No. 1-ranked defense last season. Ryan tried his best to soften Landry's comments, going out of his way to praise the Steelers and their defensive coordinator, Dick LeBeau.
NIGHT TRAIN RIDES AGAIN : The season is only one week old, and already Landry is receiving lofty praise for his hard-hitting style on defense. Ryan, known for hyperbole, compared him to Hall of Fame CB Night Train Lane, who played from 1952 to 1965."I'm going way back -- I never saw this guy play -- but I've seen video clips," Ryan said of Lane, legendary for his physical play. "That would be the guy I compare him to a little bit."Ryan said Landry brings a "bad-ass" attitude to the field. Ryan said he looks for a specific criterion when evaluating defensive players, but it's not anything you'd hear from Mel Kiper on an ESPN draft show."I always want guys on my team you wouldn't want your kid playing against," Ryan said.
If the Jets are looking for some bulletin-board fodder -- sorry, guys, no clown cartoons this week -- they might be able to make something of this quote from Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley.
On Wednesday, Woodley was reminded by a reporter that the Steelers (0-1) haven't started 0-2 since 2002."And we won’t be 0-2," he said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He added, "Every week the mindset is to go out there and win a football game, and not start the season off bad. So far we’re 0-1, and we’ll manage to not go 0-2."By the way, the Steelers are one of only three teams that hasn't started 0-2 since 2003. The Broncos and Patriots are the others.
The official injury report from Wednesday for Jets-Steelers.
Analysis : Reporters saw Darrelle Revis riding his stationary bike during the open portion of practice today. He has been cleared to ride the bike and lift weights but did not practice. The feeling in the locker room is that Revis will play on Sunday. If he can't go, Kyle Wilson will fill in at outside corner. We didn't get a chance to catch up with Jeremy Kerley, but Stephen Hill said his calf is fine and Eric Smith said he's progressing from his hip and knee injuries.
Did not practice :
OT Dennis Landolt (knee), CB Darrelle Revis (concussion), LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring), RB John Conner (knee), WR Jeremy Kerley (low back).
DB Eric Smith (hip/knee), TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), DL Sione Pouha (low back), WR Stephen Hill (calf), DB Isaiah Trufant (ankle), LB Josh Mauga (rib).
DB LaRon Landry (heel), OL Brandon Moore (hip), DL Mike DeVito (calf), DB Antonio Cromartie (shoulder), WR Chaz Schilens (ankle), LB Nick Bellore (shoulder).
Did not practice :
RB Jonathan Dwyer (foot), LB James Harrison (knee), S Troy Polamalu (calf), LB Stevenson Sylvester (knee).
Sunday’s Week 2 matchup between the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers will boast two of the NFL’s top defenses over the past few years. But according to Jets safety LaRon Landry, Gang Green is better in 2012."If you look at the starter at each position. ... I like the matchup," Landry said, via ESPNNewYork.com. "I choose my guys over any of their guys, especially in our defensive scheme."Jets defensive tackle Mike Devito added, "We know we can be the best."Last year Pittsburgh boasted the NFL's No. 1 defense. New York's defense wasn’t far behind at No. 5.
But which unit is better this season ?
Week 1 was not a great showing for either team. The Steelers gave up 31 points in a loss to the Denver Broncos. The Jets gave up 28 points, many in the second half in "garbage time," to the Buffalo Bills.I expect a much better performance from both defenses when facing each other. This has the making of a physical, low scoring game. Both the Steelers and Jets want to control the line of scrimmage.But the Jets need Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis to play his best. Revis missed his second straight day of practice with a concussion, and his status remains uncertain. Jets coach Rex Ryan said they will decide Revis' status on Saturday.
The Jets said in training camp that they could be the top defense in the NFL this season. They have a chance to prove it Sunday against last year's best defense.
Steelers linebacker James Harrison told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday that he will return for this weekend's game after missing all of the preseason and Week 1 with a left knee injury.But Harrison's words aren't backing up his actions just yet. Harrison didn't practice again Thursday, putting his status in doubt for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.
The Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac also said "don't be surprised" if safety Troy Polamalu also doesn't play after sitting out Thursday's practice. He is dealing with a calf injury.Recent history says the Steelers would be hurt more by the loss of Polamalu. When he missed time in 2009 and 2010, the Steelers went 6-7. Last season, when Harrison was out five games (four for injury and one due to suspension), the Steelers went 4-1.
The Jets have returned from a lackluster '11 season with a season opening win vs. Buffalo and a barely visible Sparano-designed Tebow-centered Wildcat offensive option.
ANALYST PREDICTION WINNER
Cimini STEELERS 24, JETS 19
The Jets have a lot of confidence after last week, but the Steelers have won nine straight home openers, they're getting some starters back this week and they know they can't afford an 0-2 start.
O'Connor STEELERS 20, JETS 16
Denver did no favors for the Jets by beating Pittsburgh, a team that will be fired up for its home opener and another shot at its first W. Mark Sanchez's high-flying offense will come back to earth a bit against the always physical Steelers' D.
Youngmisuk STEELERS 27, JETS 17
Pittsburgh and the Steelers' defense proves to be much tougher than Buffalo.
Darcy STEELERS 23, JETS 13
Gang Green's offense won't look nearly as good against a highly motivated Pittsburgh defense, with the Steelers trying to avoid going 0-2.
McManus STEELERS 24, JETS 20
The Jet looked great last week against the Bills. But can they do against the Steelers? Less likely.
Smith STEELERS 27, JETS 17
The Steelers are an angry team, and they seem ready to take it out on an offense that's not as good as they showed in Week 1.
Ruocco STEELERS 24, JETS 23
The Jets were impressive but Pittsburgh is more desperate for this win.
Max JETS 17, STEELERS 16
If you were fooled Wek 1, this Sunday will be shocking. TDs for both Sanchez and Tebow.
Rothenberg STEELERS 24, JETS 16
The Jets will keep it close but Big Ben will make the plays at crunch time. The sledding will be a lot tougher for the Jets passing game in Week 2.
McEnroe STEELERS 31, JETS 7
It's still too early to start talking about Tebow Time.
Page STEELERS 17, JETS 16
This will be the first of what will be seven or eight close Jets losses this year. This ain't the Bills.
Daughtry STEELERS 24, JETS 20
LaRon Landry says the Jets have the better defense. We'll see. It will be THAT kind of game. The Jets have never scored more that 21 points vs. the Steelers. That rule stays in play.
Lundberg STEELERS 20, JETS 17
The Steelers at home will bounce back as they will get more pressure on Sanchez than the Bills. Ben Roethlisberger is no Ryan Fitzpatrick.