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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Darrelle Revis is doing so well in his recovery from major knee surgery that the star cornerback might play in Week 3 of the preseason, putting him three weeks ahead of schedule, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said.
Revis, who tore his ACL last September and was not expected to get his first action until Week 1 of the regular season against his former team, the New York Jets, at MetLife Stadium, said later Tuesday, however, that he remains unsure of when specifically he will return to action.
|Darrelle Revis, right, said he's still not sure when he'll be able to return from the sideline, where he is seen here, alongside coach Greg Schiano, earlier in training camp.|
"I'm going to still say it's too soon," Revis said of his status for the third preseason game. "I'm getting excited as well. I know Mark is, Coach Schiano is as well, but it's a process. It's day-to-day. I did 7-on-7 yesterday and it's just taking precaution but also just improving and trying to get back out there and be back out there with my teammates."
Revis took part in individual position drills during Tuesday's joint practice with the New England Patriots, though he was held out of 7-on-7 and team drills.
"You don't want to push," Dominik said earlier Tuesday. "You want to stick with your plan. But we may want to get him on the field Week 3 of the preseason, get a few series in, get it over with, get it out of his head, so that Week 1 in New York he's ready to go. "
Revis stressed the importance of getting the explosiveness back in his surgically repaired left knee.
"Just getting that pop back in my left leg and driving back to the ball on routes," he said. "I think that's the key and that's what we've been seeing the improvement in each day."
Though Revis isn't quite 100 percent, he anticipates that he'll return to his previous form when he does fully recover.
"Yeah I think I'll be fine," he said. "At the end of the day, you've got to go through the ACL process and waiting and 'hey let's do this, let's do these drills, let's do these exercises, let's be patient, let's not get on the field yet, let's get on the field.' I'll be fine, trust me, I'll be fine. I'm working, I'm back to my old self, I'm getting there. It's just a confidence and just trying to get that knee drive and breaking on balls."
Getting back to his old self would mean a return to form as one of the top -- if not the best -- cornerbacks in the NFL. That's a goal that Revis, who signed a six-year, $96 million contract with the Buccaneers after being traded by the Jets for 13th overall pick in April's draft, is already targeting.
"You always want to be the best," Revis said. "Everybody's got their own opinions and you just go with what you know best. I just know how to play ball and I know how to play it at a high level. That's how you've got to look at it and just go from there."
Patriots backup quarterback Tim Tebow, who played with Revis on the Jets last season, said Tuesday he is rooting for his former teammate to make a strong comeback.
"He's a great guy. I hope he comes back and he's strong and fast and can be the player that he was and I believe that he will," Tebow said. "Just being around him for a little while, I understand his work ethic and how much he loves this game, how much he puts into it, it was a pleasure for me to be around him for a little while in New York. I know he'll be a great player again."
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss contributed to this report.