Friday, October 8, 2010
Darrelle Revis preparing for Randy Moss
By Jane McManus
Darrelle Revis said he hasn't made the final decision yet on whether he will play with the Jets on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings, and is taking a cautious approach in the final days before the game.
"I been feeling good the last couple days," Revis said. "Hamstrings can come back as soon as possible, so I just got to keep on strengthening it, my hamstring, and just keep improving it every day.
"I think I could play right now," he added. "There'd be no doubt."
In practice on Friday he was technically limited, but said he took all the reps in practice, ran full out and didn't feel any tweaks.
Revis says that as of Friday afternoon, he is "preparing to battle" against newly acquired wide receiver Randy Moss and the Vikings. The cornerback strained his already tight left hamstring while defending Moss during a Patriots game. Moss was traded to the Vikings on Wednesday.
Earlier in the week, team doctors cleared Revis to play, and Jets coach Rex Ryan expressed optimism that he would be ready to go. The final call will be made by Revis, and he wants to wait until Sunday -- possibly even Monday -- before saying anything definitive.
"He hasn't told me that he's 100 percent yet," Ryan said.
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said that either way the defense would adjust to the personnel in the field.
"We're prepared to go either way, but overall things are favorable, just watching practice," Pettine said.
"If we're going to bring Darrelle in, it's going to be to play the whole game," Pettine said. "It's going to be hard to bring him in and say 'Let's take a series, OK shut it down,' or 'Let's only play on third down,' because that type of thing, once the muscle is warmed up you want to go the whole time."
Outside linebacker Calvin Pace in on track to make his regular-season debut after breaking his right foot during the preseason. He was close to returning last week, but needed an extra week of snaps in practice to make sure he was good to go.
"He looks good," Ryan said. "He really does. He's moving around great. Last week, I thought he was skipping a little bit, which meant that he never had confidence in his feet completely. I don't see that at all right now."
Pace was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday.
"Last week, I had a little hitch in my giddyup," Pace said. "Everything's coming along."
Pettine said Pace, the team's top pass rusher the past two seasons, will work in a rotation with Jason Taylor and Bryan Thomas.
Defensive end Shaun Ellis (left knee), center Nick Mangold (right shoulder), offensive lineman Wayne Hunter (right shin), right guard Brandon Moore (hamstring) and linebacker Jamaal Westerman (ankle) were limited. All are expected to play, except for Westerman.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.