- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Darrelle Revis won't go on the New York Jets' injured/reserved list yet, coach Rex Ryan said Friday. Ryan's decision comes in case there is a chance the cornerback could heal from ACL surgery fast enough to help the team in a possible Super Bowl run.
"Let's see what happens when he goes through surgery," Ryan said, "because if there's that 0.0002 percent chance that he could play in a Super Bowl or something, why would you take that option away from him?"
Revis, who tore his ACL last Sunday in Miami, will not undergo surgery for another few weeks, which Ryan explained was because doctors wanted to give the knee a chance to improve first. The usual recovery time for the injury is six to nine months. Admittedly, getting Revis back is a long shot, but Ryan isn't giving away his slot on the 53-man roster.
"You don't have to make a snap decision and say, 'Well, let's place him on IR and replace him with somebody,'" Ryan said. "If you are fortunate enough to get there, why wouldn't you -- at least if he does well in the surgery and he is healthy for that and he is targeted for that -- why wouldn't you believe in yourself enough to give yourself that opportunity?"
The NFL allows each team to tag one player on IR this season as "designated to return." Revis could be that player, but the Jets are wary of tagging him before his surgery only to have another player go down with an injury that would resolve sooner. Until the surgery takes place, the team will keep Revis on the active roster and consider both IR options after.
Kyle Wilson and Ellis Lankster are the two cornerbacks who will get more responsibility in the wake of Revis' injury. Wilson will start in place of Revis and Lankster will take over Wilson's role in the nickel. But Revis, a perennial Pro Bowler, is difficult to replace.
"Our trainers are confident that Darrelle is going to come back from this injury; at some point they think he's going to be 100 percent from this injury," Ryan said. "Now, when that time is, I'm not sure. Number one, I feel great about that; obviously we feel great about that being Jet fans and being in this organization. You feel great about that. When that time is, I'm not sure, but I think we'll have a much better understanding after he has the surgery."