FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Darrelle Revis spent the past two weeks coming into work, going through tests in the concussion protocol, only to be sent home. Most people would be rejoicing if they got sent home from work and still got paid but for NFL players no work during the week usually means no play time on game day and Revis wants in on game day.
Revis has been cleared to return to practice this week but it's only been on a limited basis so far. Revis participated in some team drills today but he still hasn't been cleared for contact. Todd Bowles said Revis has been running but he still needs to clear the final hurdle in the concussion protocol, which he will take the tests for tomorrow, and even if the doctor's clear Revis Bowles still wants to see how he handles contact before determining whether or not Revis can play on Sunday.
"He worked, he ran some plays. He didn't have contact but he ran some plays," Bowles said. "He's still got to be cleared tomorrow, by the doctors... I was happy with the progress today (but) I'm going to need to see a little more tomorrow and we'll have to talk about it."
Revis, of course, is a bit more openly optimistic about his chances of playing this week. When Revis was asked if he thinks he'll be ready on Sunday he said, "Yeah, I practiced so I'll be ready for Sunday."
"The past couple of weeks has been, just following what the training staff tells me to do and just trying to get through the concussion," Revis said. "You know, this has probably been, I've had a couple in the past, this has probably been the one that's kept me out the most. But you can't play around with these things. This is serious and it's a blow to your head, so you definitely have to follow every protocol that you can to get back on the field."
Revis will need to pass the final concussion tests tomorrow to be cleared for contact and Bowles will need to see how Revis handles contact before clearing him to play. Bowles said that it's possible that Revis could be cleared to play but they still hold him out if they don't feel like he's ready or they haven't seen enough to convince them that he is, but Revis doesn't anticipate that being an issue.
"Yeah, I'm still going through it (the concussion protocol) and, like I said, you got to follow everything," Revis said. "(But) I think I'll pass that and move forward."
If Revis is cleared to play he will, of course, resume his role as the number one corner and Antonio Cromartie will stay as the opposite outside corner regardless of whether Marcus Williams returns from his injury. And if the Jets do get Revis back there won't be many people, outside of the Revis family, that will be happier than defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers.
"You're still talking about one of the best corners in the game," Rodgers said. "Any time you can have him with you, you feel a lot better. We like any matchup he's on."
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The Jets had three players that were limited in today's practice, Revis (concussion, Marcus Williams (knee) and Calvin Pace (abdomen). Everyone else was a full participant leaving the Jets in good shape, as far as injuries are concerned, as they look to win their third straight game.
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