Darrelle Revis suffered what has been deemed a “mild concussion” in Sunday’s win over the Buffalo Bills, but the New York Jets cleared the All-Pro cornerback to resume physical activity on Wednesday. Revis was allowed to run and lift weights but he cannot yet participate in any contact drills.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan insists the team will follow NFL concussion protocol as far as Revis is concerned and will also listen to whatever the team’s trainers and doctors say.
Revis didn’t practice on Wednesday but there is renewed optimism that he will be on the field when the Jets head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers this Sunday. The team hopes the 27-year-old will be able to practice on Thursday in a limited capacity before being elevated to full participation on Friday. He was injured when he dove to tackle Bills running back C.J. Spiller and ended up getting kicked in the head by teammate Bart Scott.
If Revis can’t play on Sunday, Kyle Wilson will likely start in his place. Both guys had interceptions in the Jets 48-28 win over Buffalo in Week 1. Wilson could also be pulling punt return duty as well, since Jeremy Kerley has a stiff lower back and did not practice on Wednesday either.
The Jets desperately need Revis to be healthy this weekend to help contain Steelers receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. Wilson and Antonio Cromartie are capable cover corners, but Revis is a legitimate shutdown guy and probably the best cornerback in the league.
While the team obviously needs him, New York also has to be smart and not risk Revis suffering another concussion that could put him out for a long time.