The New York Jets will be without All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis (concussion) and tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring) when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field this Sunday.
Revis sustained a concussion — categorized as "mild" by the team — against the Buffalo Bills in the regular-season opener. Though he was able to attend team meetings all week and was cleared to participate in non-contact drills in time for Friday's practice, the Aliquippa, Pa., native was not cleared for contact and will not be accompanying the team when it travels to Pittsburgh.
"Revis was cleared for non-contact practice and he did that," [coach Rex] Ryan said during a Friday press conference. "We followed NFL protocol this week and we'll always follow NFL protocol when it comes to concussions. Darrelle is ruled out for the game. So he will not play this game. He will not travel to the game."
2010 first-round pick Kyle Wilson is expected to start opposite Antonio Cromartie.
Keller, who has led the Jets in receptions in each of the last two seasons and receiving yards in 2011, injured his hamstring during the 48-28 win over the Bills. Keller was able to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday, but had experienced soreness and sat out practice on Thursday. With Keller out, Jeff Cumberland and Konrad Reuland will get the bulk of the snaps at tight end and the Jets plucked Dedrick Epps off the Chicago Bears' practice squad on Friday.
Epps appeared in three games with the 2010 Miami Dolphins and spent much of 2011 on practice squads with the Indianapolis Colts and Jets. In four preseason games with the Jets last month, Epps caught three passes for 43 yards before he was waived as part of the cut-down to the 53-man roster. By signing Epps off a practice squad, the Jets have guaranteed the 2010 seventh-round pick out of Miami (by the San Diego Chargers) three game checks, or $82,059 (3/17ths of his $465,000 base salary), which suggests that Keller's injury may be an issue over the next few weeks.
In addition to Revis and Keller, outside linebacker Bryan Thomas and backup offensive lineman Dennis Landolt have also been ruled out and will not travel to Pittsburgh this weekend.
The Steelers could be without some stars of their own on Sunday, as well. Outside linebacker James Harrison (knee) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf) did not practice this week and are listed as "questionable" for Sunday. Running back Rashard Mendenhall being a full participant throughout the week's practices has him listed as "doubtful" on the official injury report. Mendenhall had surgery in January to repair a torn ACL and may not make his 2012 debut until sometime next month.
Chris Carter would make another start for Harrison, while Ryan Mundy would start at free safety for Polamalu.
Full Jets-Steelers injury report:
Out: Dustin Keller (hamstring), OL Dennis Landolt (knee), CB Darrelle Revis (concussion), OLB Bryan Thomas (knee)
Questionable: FB John Conner (knee), CB Isaiah Trufant (ankle)
Probable: LB Nick Bellore (shoulder), CB Antonio Cromartie (shoulder), DE Mike DeVito (calf), WR Stephen Hill (calf), WR Jeremy Kerley (low back), S LaRon Landry (heel), LB Josh Mauga (rib), G Brandon Moore (hip), NT Sione Po'uha (low back), WR Chaz Schilens (ankle), S Eric Smith (hip, knee)
Out: LB Stevenson Sylvester (knee)
Doubtful: RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee)
Questionable: LB James Harrison (knee), S Troy Polamalu (calf)
Probable: RB Jonathan Dwyer (foot), DE Ziggy Hood (back), T Max Starks (illness)
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