Jets head coach Rex Ryan confirmed Monday that CB Darrelle Revis has a torn ACL and will be out for the rest of the season.
“Darrelle’s such a great palyer and a great teammate. We’re going to lose that presence. We have to overcome that,” Ryan said. Revis’ injury will require surgery.
Revis planted awkwardly on his left knee in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins and went down in pain. It was a non-contact injury. Ryan said the team has not placed Revis on injured reserve yet, he wanted to talk to Revis first.
The sixth-year veteran had 11 tackles, three passes defensed and one interception in two games this season. He missed Week Two with a concussion. Revis has started every game he has played in his career and has 98 passes defensed and 19 interceptions. Kyle Wilson will start in his place on the outside opposite Antonio Cromartie and Ellis Lankster likely will be the team’s nickel corner.
The way we see it
The impact of this loss cannot be overstated. Revis is the best cornerback in the league and the Jets’ best overall player. He can shut down one side of the field and make game-changing plays if a quarterback tries to test him.
Wilson, the third-year pro, hasn’t had many chances in the spotlight since his rookie season, when he struggled in place of Revis early on. He will get the call, and the coaches have offered praise for Wilson’s improvement, but opposing quarterbacks will test him early and often. Cromartie will likely cover opposing team’s top receivers, and as talented as Cromartie is, he is prone to gambling and can get burned.
The Jets’ pass rush also will need to step up to take some heat off the corners, and the fact that the Jets have a pair of safeties more known for their work in the box than in coverage could also be a factor going forward. The Jets have some depth at corner and Ryan is the type of defensive mind to help make up for this loss, but it won’t be easy.