Friday, October 15, 2010
Darrelle Revis: Hammy 'still a little sore'
By Jane McManus
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Cornerback Darrelle Revis is listed as questionable, while linebacker Calvin Pace is probable for the New York Jets' game against the Broncos in Denver on Sunday.
Revis is making the trip to Denver on Friday, but Jets coach Rex Ryan said he won't make the call on whether to play the cornerback and his injured left hamstring until after a light practice on Saturday.
"We'll have a light practice out there and by then we'll be able to make our decision," Ryan said. "To say he'll definitely play out there and then he goes out there, this is a long trip, and he's not feeling well, then we're not going to do it. I've been impressed by the way he's looked the past couple of days."
Revis said he has had a good two days of practice.
"It's still a little sore but I'm feeling great -- no tweaks, no pulls," Revis said. "It's still up to Coach [Ryan] to decide if I'm going to play on Sunday."
The decision to play Revis and Pace, who has a foot injury, falls on Ryan this week. Before the Vikings game, Ryan came out and said the doctors had cleared Revis to play. Revis admitted he felt pressure to go out there as a competitor, but the wear on his hamstring was painful throughout the game.
On Wednesday, Ryan admitted he felt it hadn't been fair to put the burden on Revis' shoulders like that. On Friday, Revis admitted he was glad that Ryan was the one making the call.
"I just try to do my best to prepare to play this week," Revis said.
The decision is trickier because the Jets have a shorter week coming off the 29-20 Monday night win over the Vikings, and because the travel is more intense. Revis is feeling better, but said the hamstring could swell during the flight. Nevertheless, he is optimistic.
"There haven't been setbacks in these last two days of practice," Revis said.
Pace said he was ready to go on Friday. He was particularly sore after the Vikings game, when he played all but six plays. It was the first regular-season game he played after breaking his foot in the preseason. Pace said the turf was harder in the New Meadowlands than at the Jets practice facility, where he had rehabbed his foot.
"That might have added to the soreness a little bit," Pace said.
The team has been practicing with Revis in different packages, and the defensive backs are prepared to play without him if they need to, after having practiced without him while Revis held out of training camp in a contract dispute.
"In training camp, we spent a lot of time without him being there," cornerback Dwight Lowery said. "Obviously he's a huge asset for us, but we are experienced without him in the lineup."
Jane McManus is a columnist for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow her on Twitter. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.