In two or three weeks, New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will undergo surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that was torn in a non-contact injury during the Jets' Week 3 win over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.
The standard recovery time for a torn ACL is six-to-nine months, which means the standard timetable would have Revis out until at least March and possibly returning for the team's minicamp in June. Still, the Jets think there's a chance Revis could play if the team makes Super Bowl XLVII (scheduled for February 3, 2013) and are not yet willing to place the All-Pro cornerback on season-ending injured reserve.
"Let's see what happens when he goes through surgery," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said on Friday according to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. "Because if there's that 0.0002% chance that he can play in the Super Bowl, why would take the option away from him?
"Let's get through the surgery. You don't have to make a snap decision and say, 'Let's just place him on I.R. and replace him with somebody'. 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 — then why wouldn't you believe in yourself enough to give yourself that opportunity?"
Instead of going with a 52-man roster right now, which the Jets appear intent on doing for the short-term, the Jets could take advantage of Bylaw Proposal 6A, which amended Article XVII, Section 17.16(B) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and allows teams to place players on injured reserve with a "Designated to Return" label. Under that scenario, in the next six-to-nine weeks, if the Jets appear primed for a deep playoff run and Revis comes out of his surgery and is making strong progress in his rehab, the club could add him to the active roster and keep him inactive on game day until he's medically-cleared to return to the playing field.
It appears as though there's a psychological element to the Jets' unwillingness to end Revis' season this early. Despite a 2-1 record, the loss of their best player for the duration could result in a downward spiral in both the locker room and the stands should the wheels come off the bus for a second consecutive season.
"I'm not guaranteeing it's going to happen by any stretch," Ryan said of Revis' return this season. "Our trainers are confident that Darrelle's going to come back from this injury. At some point, they think he's going to be a 100 percent from this injury. Now when that time is, I'm not sure. Obviously we feel great about that, being Jet fans and being in this organization. When that time is, I'm not sure. But I think you'll have a much better understanding of it after he has the surgery."
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