Sunday, January 2, 2011
Darrelle Revis inactive vs. Bills
By Rich Cimini
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Taking a preseason approach to a relatively meaningless regular-season finale, the New York Jets deactivated four key players Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene, neither of whom is injured, were listed among the Jets' pre-game inactives. Starting cornerbacks Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and Antonio Cromartie (groin), both nursing minor injuries, also didn't dress for the Jets, who beat the Bills 38-7.
As expected, Mark Sanchez started at quarterback for the Jets, but he and his sore shoulder were taken out after one series. He did not attempt a pass at all during the time he was in the game.
The Jets clinched a playoff berth last week, and had little to gain by beating the Bills. The Jets will enter the AFC playoffs as the No. 6 seed.
Weighing the playoff scenario against resting players for the wild-card round, coach Rex Ryan opted for the cautious approach. Ryan was operating on the hunch that the Jets would play next Saturday, leaving a short week for preparation.
Tomlinson missed a chance to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the ninth time in his career. He finished with 914 yards and six rushing touchdowns. Evidently, Ryan felt Tomlinson needed a break after faltering down the stretch. After a fantastic start, Tomlinson ran for only 479 yards and a 3.3 average over the final 10 games.
Rookie Joe McKnight started at running back and was expected to be the workhorse. Rookie Kyle Wilson and Marquice Cole replaced Revis and Cromartie, respectively.
For the Bills, starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (knee) was listed as the No. 3 quarterback. Brian Brohm started instead.
Buffalo wide receivers Donald Jones (head) and David Nelson (ribs) were also inactive, as were defensive tackle Kellen Heard, tight end Mike Caussin, defensive end John McCargo and offensive linemen Ed Wang and Colin Brown.
Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.