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|Although he admits his surgically-repaired knee still isn't 100 percent, Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis says he believes he'll be fine by next season.|
TAMPA, Fla. -- Asked to reflect on his first 14 games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, cornerback Darrelle Revis admitted Thursday his surgically repaired knee is not 100 percent healthy.
"It still bothers me here and there,'' Revis said.
The Buccaneers traded for Revis, who missed most of last season with the New York Jets after suffering a torn ACL, in the offseason and gave him a six-year, $96 million contract. Revis was part of an overhaul of a pass defense that ranked last in the league last season. The results have been positive with Tampa Bay ranking 15th against the pass this year.
But Revis said he feels like he needs another offseason to get his knee back to full strength.
"I'm trying not to think about it," Revis said. "I'm not trying to complain. I'm trying to go out and play. I've been cleared to play since Week 1. It's been an up-and-down year for this team and me individually."
Revis said his plan is to resume rehabilitation work as soon as the season is over. He also said he doesn't believe the knee will give him long-term problems.
"Trust me, I'll be fine," Revis said. "When this season is over, I'll get back to work and get out there with my trainer. I'll be ready to go next year."