Jets Banged Up Against Patriots

The Jets made a bold statement with a win against division rival New England, but did the game take too much of a toll? Jets postgame news and notes.

An MRI exam Monday showed that two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis has a strained left hamstring, but he isn't ruling himself out of the Jets' game at Miami (2-0) on Sunday night.

Doctors "just said it's strained and it could take one to two weeks, or it could take a week," Revis said. "It depends on how my body recovers."

As Revis stood in the middle of the locker room surrounded by reporters, he was asked if he felt pain.
"Standing right here talking to you guys, I don't feel anything," he replied. "As soon as I raise this [leg] up a little bit, it's a little tight. That's how I feel right now."

Revis was limited in practice in the days leading up to the New England game because of tightness in the hamstring. He grabbed at his leg after Randy Moss' one-handed 34-yard touchdown catch with 53 seconds left in the first half and sat out the second half. Still, the Jets rallied for a 28-14 win over New England (1-1).

"I'm not going to step out on the field until I actually feel 100 percent," Revis said. "Right now, it's tight. I can feel that it's tight. Once I don't feel that tightness anymore, that's when I'll get out on the field."

So don't be surprised if the Jets (1-1) are cautious with their lockdown corner.

"With hamstrings, you really can't tell," coach Rex Ryan said. "Could he play in nickel situations? Is it best to rest him the whole time? We've got to be smart with this one."

If he plays, Revis figures to cover Miami wideout Brandon Marshall, who leads the Dolphins with 12 receptions for 124 yards. Marshall last played against the Jets in 2008 when he was with Denver, but at that time, Revis wasn't usually shadowing the opposition's best receiver the way he has since Ryan took over as coach.

If Revis can't play, or is limited to a small amount of snaps, the Jets likely would turn to Antonio Cromartie to cover Marshall. Cromartie excelled covering New England's Randy Moss in the second half Sunday, holding him without a reception and picking off one pass intended for him.

"He was tremendous," Ryan said of Cromartie in the second half.

Cromartie said that even when Revis wasn't out there, "There's a lot of confidence. Our biggest thing in the secondary is going out there and communicating. I think the first half, we didn't communicate well. In the second half, we communicated a lot more. We talked on every single play, even when we didn't have to talk. It makes things a whole lot easier on our end to know where everybody [will be] and how everybody is going to play."


Emotional Challenge
--OLB Jason Taylor recorded his first sack as a Jet, a fourth-quarter strip of Tom Brady that ended the Patriots' last threat Sunday. It was recovered by LB Bryan Thomas. Taylor re-injured his left elbow when he landed on the turf after the sack, and left the game for a second time.

Taylor knows he'll be asked a lot this week about playing the Dolphins, the team for which he had played 12 of his 13 NFL seasons before signing with the Jets in April.

When asked if he will be able to handle his emotions, he said, "I have to. This is a strange spot for me. I've never had to do this before, but I'll handle it professionally. There will be emotions there. I think anybody that tells you there won't be is not being truthful. But at the end of the day, I know what we need to do and this team knows what we need to do and I know what this team needs me to do.

"When the time is right," Taylor added, "I'll separate [the emotions] and get to business."

Sore Wing At Center
--C Nick Mangold dinged his shoulder in the third quarter and sat out for the Jets' go-ahead drive, replaced capably by backup Rob Turner. Mangold returned for the Jets' game-clinching touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

"They don't have to take me in the back and shoot me," Mangold quipped when asked about the severity of the injury, "so I'm fine."

Asked how the injury occurred, he said, "it was a football play" and noted that he came back because "[I'm] a football player, so that's what you do."

No Game Ball For You
--Coach Rex Ryan was unhappy with the 15-yard taunting penalty WR Braylon Edwards received after his touchdown catch Sunday, and let him know.

"I brought it up today in a meeting," Ryan said Monday. "I told him that he played a great game and we would have given him a game ball, but we didn't because of those things. I love the way he played. He was really into it, but you're killing us. You can't put the team in that kind of jeopardy. You're kicking off from the 15.

"I appreciate how passionate he is," Ryan added, "but you don't want to be selfish. That's basically what that is. As great as he played, and no one is as big a Braylon fan as I am, that's something I probably should have addressed right when it happened. I was too worried about trying to get them stopped, but that needed to be addressed and we did address it."

Sleeping With The Enemy
--RB/WR Danny Woodhead, waived to make room for WR David Clowney last week, was signed by New England one day before the game, presumably to pump him for information about the Jets. He was inactive for the game.

When asked about the signing Monday, Ryan said, "That's great. I can understand bringing in a guy like Danny Woodhead. He's a tough guy. He can play multiple positions -- running back, receiver, special teams. He's just a special player."

Ryan then was asked if gamesmanship was involved in the Woodhead signing, and said with a laugh, "no, not really because if there was gamesmanship, he would have been a captain."

Ryan had QB Kevin O'Connell and made him one of the game captains for the Jets in Week 2 against New England last season after O'Connell had been waived by the Patriots before the beginning of the regular season. Detroit claimed him and then traded him to the Jets for a seventh-round pick.

O'Connell was waived by the Jets last month, but brought back this month and placed on injured reserve because of a shoulder problem.

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