Darrelle Revis has made so much progress in his recovery from a torn ACL last season that his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is considering playing the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback in their Aug. 24 preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports.
"You don't want to push," Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said. "You want to stick with your plan. But we may want to get him on the field Week 3 of the preseason, get a few series in, get it over with, get it out of his head, so that Week 1 in New York he's ready to go."
For Revis, playing in that game against the Dolphins could help him clear the mental hurdle of returning from such a serious injury. While a member of the New York Jets last season, Revis suffered a torn ACL in a Week 3 road win over the Dolphins. If Revis plays against the Dolphins on Aug. 24, he'll be playing on the same surface he suffered his injury 11 months earlier.
That the Buccaneers are even considering playing Revis is a sign of how much progress he's made in his recovery. Revis was ready to go at the start of training camp, which along with the presence of second-round cornerback Johnthan Banks, helped the Buccaneers release Eric Wright. Revis participated in seven-on-seven drills during Monday's practice and while he won't practice against the New England Patriots this week, playing in a game before the Sept. 8 opener, even if it's only a handful of plays, would make sense.