The New York Jets will not place injured cornerback Darrelle Revis on the injured/reserved list yet, just in case there is a chance he can return from knee surgery this season, coach Rex Ryan said on ESPN New York Friday.
Revis tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last Sunday against the host Miami Dolphins. He will not have surgery for a few more weeks because doctors want to give the knee a chance to improve first. Usually, ACL's take six to nine months to heal.
"Let's see what happens when he goes through surgery," Ryan said, "because if there's that 0.0002 percent chance that he could play in a Super Bowl or something, why would you take that option away from him?"
Ryan said Revis' return this season is not likely, but he is holding out hope.
"You don't have to make a snap decision and say, 'Well, let's place him on IR and replace him with somebody,' " Ryan said. "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 -- why wouldn't you believe in yourself enough to give yourself that opportunity?"
Kyle Wilson and Ellis Lankster are expected to step in to replace Revis while he is out, with Wilson starting.
NFL rules allow each team to designate one player on IR this year as "designated to return." Despite that, the Jets are not ready to tag Revis in case another player has an injury of similar magnitude. Instead, the team will wait until after Revis has surgery before making a decision to take him off the active roster.
"Our trainers are confident that Darrelle is going to come back from this injury," Ryan said. "At some point they think he's going to be 100 percent from this injury. Now, when that time is, I'm not sure. Number one, I feel great about that. Obviously we feel great about that, being Jet fans and being in this organization. You feel great about that. When that time is, I'm not sure, but I think we'll have a much better understanding after he has the surgery."