Jets cornerback Revis cleared for contact, could return vs. Dolphins
Florham Park, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has been cleared for contact by the team doctor and an independent neurologist, clearing his way to return to full practice Thursday, according to coach Rex Ryan.
Ryan confirmed that Revis passed his concussion test and was given a clean bill of health by the team doctor and an outside neurologist required by NFL rules for injury of that nature.
He, however, declined to say if Revis will play against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, saying that the final decision would be made by the team’s medical staff.
“I can say that I expect him to play,” Ryan said, “but I’m going to lean on the doctors and trainers.”
NFL rules on concussion states that a player must be re-evaluated after each practice. If he fails to satisfy the requirements, he could be back to non-contact status again.
Revis suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Jets’ season-opening win over the Buffalo Bills, when he was accidentally kicked in the back of the head by teammate Bart Scott.
If Revis plays against the Dolphins, Ryan will have his main man in the secondary again,
“I think you feel good when you have the best player on the field; that can’t hurt you,” Ryan said. “They’ve got some great players over on Miami … but there’s only one Darrelle Revis. I know I feel great about it. It’s hard not to smile. You feel great as a playcaller.”
But if Revis will not be cleared after practice, Ryan could have major issues at cornerback as No. 4 Ellis Lankster hurt his back during practice Wednesday.
The Jets sorely missed Revis against the Pittsburgh Steelers as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns.