When it comes to Darrelle Revis and his playing status for the future, many of us automatically assumed that with a reportedly "mild" (no such thing) concussion, our star cornerback would definitely be back for week 3 action after giving his noggin a break against the Steelers.
Rex Ryan would like to temper our expectations, warning fans and followers not to make assumptions in a statement to Rich Cimini of ESPN. Ryan indicated that Revis is satisfactorily improving on NFL mandated tests but cautioned that Revis still might not be able to play against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.
"I don't think we can assume that," Rex Ryan said Monday. "To the NFL standards, he has to pass tests. He looks to be doing well, so hopefully he'll be playing."
Revis himself had this to say:
"I feel pretty good," he said. "I'm going through the tests and doing what I have to do to get back."
Cimini himself commented how much better Revis is looking this week:
And now? Revis said he's feeling "a lot better." For what it's worth, he looked and sounded better, joking with reporters and appearing more like his old self.
If Revis sits for an additional week, Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie will step up on the outside. Expect less mistakes from this group when they are not facing an onslaught offense like the Steelers behind Ben Roethlisberger. Fans of Ellis Lankster and Isaiah Trufant will enjoy seeing their substantial extra playing time if Revis is not cleared to play. It's worth noting that the Jets committed to using three corners the entire game last Sunday and Trufant (who was questionable) largely played on special teams.
I believe that at the end of the week he'll play. On the flip side, if Revis were ever to take a sick game to clear out the loose gears in his head this season, it should probably be against Ryan Tannenhill and the Dolphins. Against such an underwhelming group of receivers being thrown to by a rookie QB, we could probably live without Revis' finesse for another week. Although after the Oakland Raiders game last week you have to be very careful not to take our rival for granted.
Revis was on the field doing light exercises by the end of last weeks practices, and as indicated medical tests results are increasingly positive. However, Revis still is required to be cleared by team doctors as well as a neurologist independent of the NFL in accordance with standard procedure. Revis commented this week that he wasn't feeling 100% in the days before game time, which likely played a large role in him sitting.
To summarize: Very promising results and progress, but Revis returning is by no means certain or a done deal. Cross your fingers.