FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The single most scary thought of Jets fans across the globe, aside from him not playing at all, is All-World CB Darrelle Revis getting hurt. After holding out for 36 days in training camp, the time usually reserved for getting nicks and bumps, Revis was limited in practice Thursday with tightness in his left hamstring.
Head coach Rex Ryan made sure to clarify that his limited activity in practice was merely a precautionary move and that he will play against New England on Sunday.
“Yes, I would think he’ll play. I don’t think its that severe of an injury. Last year, in training camp, he actually pulled his hamstring. We’re going to try to avoid that at all costs.”
Revis admitted to reporters that the minor injury may be in part to missing training camp, but could be from a number of things.
Despite the pulled right hamstring, Revis went on to an All-Pro year with 47 tackles, 6 INT, 31 passes defended and one touchdown on his way to being named team MVP.
Revis, who had his first live football action since the AFC Championship game last week, was staked to the left side of
the field rather than covering the opposing team’s number one receiver. In the first half of the game, he shut down Anquan Boldin before be switched off him. For the game Revis had one pass thrown in direction, an incompletion.
Ryan has said earlier in the week that his star corner will exclusively be covering the Patriots’ number one receiver, Randy Moss, and that his miscue of moving Revis off Boldin won’t happen again. Revis and Moss have been exchanged words through the media this week, as Moss stated yesterday that he’s devoted his off-season to “staying off Revis Island”. When asked if Revis liked his chances against Moss, he coyly displayed his confidence; “I like them a lot. I’ve covered this guy before. I just need to focus on my game plan and do what I do best.”
While it’s always big news when a pivotal player gets banged up, it’s important to not overreact to the situation. Revis said that he has played with this type of minor injury during his time at Pittsburgh and that it didn’t hinder his play in the least bit.
But the bottom line is, Revis will be game ready come one o’clock in East Rutherford. “Despite the tweak, I’m ready to go Sunday,” said Revis. So Jet fans, you can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. And as for the legendary battle with Moss, Ryan had only this to say afterwards. “The league is going to make us put [Revis] on Moss.”
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