Florham, N.J., United States (4E Sports) – The Jets took a serious blow to their playoff chances they have with an injury to Darrelle Revis, but New York’s star cornerback will not be put on the injured list right away, coach Rex Ryan said Friday.
Ryan announced that Revis will not go on the Jets’ injured/reserved list yet.
Though there are rare cases of players returning early from a torn ACL like the case of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, getting Revis back is a long shot.
Ryan’s decision to hold off the move, however, means the coach hopes the 27-year-old cornerback could heal from ACL surgery fast enough to help the Jets in a possible Super Bowl run.
“Let’s see what happens when he goes through surgery,” Ryan said via the team’s website, “because if there’s that 0.0002 percent chance that he could play in a Super Bowl or something, why would you take that option away from him?”
Revis tore the ACL in his left knee in a Week 3 win in Miami, which translates to shutting the position he’s branded league-wide as “Revis Island.”
The normal recovery time for an athletic dealing with an ACL tear is six to nine months. Revis will not undergo surgery for another few weeks.
Despite the projected recovery for the injury, Ryan is not giving away Revis’ slot on the 53-man roster. Ryan and the rest of the Jets officials are one in their belief that the four-time Pro Bowler’s injury might not be a season-ender.
“You don’t have to make a snap decision and say, ‘Well, let’s place him on IR and replace him with somebody,’” Ryan added. “If you are fortunate enough to get there, why wouldn’t you — at least if he does well in the surgery and he is healthy for that and he is targeted for that — why wouldn’t you believe in yourself enough to give yourself that opportunity?”
Meanwhile in the absence of Revis, named to three All-Pro the past three seasons, New York will try to rely on Antonio Cromartie to step up and help prevent the Jets’ secondary from unravelling.
The Jets may attempt the combination of Cromartie, a former first-team All-Pro, and 2010 first-round draft pick Kyle Wilson. Ellis Lankster will also get more responsibility in the nickel in the event Wilson starts in place of Revis.
The Jets solid defense has been making up for a shaky offense.
Against Miami, Gang Green averaged only 2.7 yards per carry.
The Jets (2-1) will attempt to build on Week 3′s success Sunday when they face Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers (2-1).