Thursday, December 16, 2010
Jets' Revis limited by hamstring, expects to play
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Uh-oh, Darrelle Revis has another sore hamstring.
This time, it's the New York Jets cornerback's right leg that has "a little soreness" and limited him at practice Thursday. But he and coach Rex Ryan insist it won't keep him from playing in the team's next game at Pittsburgh on Sunday.
"Can we talk about football?" a clearly annoyed Revis said. "I'm fine."
Revis spent much of the first half of the season answering questions about his strained left hamstring, which caused him to miss two games and left him at less than 100 percent in a few others. Ryan says this latest situation is no big deal.
"I expect Revis to play, obviously," Ryan said. "That's more precautionary than anything else with that hamstring."
Revis did not appear at all hobbled while walking in the locker room.
"We did hold him out a little bit today," Ryan said. "His hamstring is just a little tight. It's not like he pulled it or anything. You'd rather be a little more cautious there."
The Jets can ill afford to not have their All-Pro cornerback fully healthy this week, especially since the secondary has already been hit by injuries and New York (9-4) is playing a big game at Pittsburgh (10-3).
Ryan announced he will start cornerback Dwight Lowery at safety Sunday since the Jets are thin at the position with Eric Smith sitting this week with a concussion and Jim Leonhard out for the year with a broken shin.
James Ihedigbo did not practice while he recovers from a high ankle sprain and knee injury, but Ryan is hopeful he'll play.
"I think we'll start Dwight and see about Dig's availability," Ryan said. "I feel pretty good about starting Dwight. He's a smart kid."
Smith had taken over the signal-calling duties when Leonhard was injured, and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said safety Brodney Pool will draw that assignment this week.
"You generally prefer that your safeties make those calls," Ryan said. "I'll tell you, Brodney Pool is new to the system this year, but Brodney has worked his tail off."