New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will have surgery on his torn ACL Thursday and will be placed on season-ending injured reserve, head coach Rex Ryan told reporters Friday.
The move clears a roster spot needed after safety Eric Smith sprained his knee in practice on Thursday, forcing him out of Sunday's game against Indianapolis.
"I know I had said before about Darrelle that I'd like to wait for him to have surgery before we placed him on IR or not," Ryan said. "Unfortunately with that time situation, you've had Eric Smith being out this week, we're going to need that roster spot."
The team planned to fill the empty roster spot with a safety by Saturday.
The Jets delayed placing Revis on IR based on the small chance that he could return for the Super Bowl XLVII in February, should the Jets advance that far.
"When I said it was a 0.002 percent chance? Well, it's not that high," Ryan said. " ... I was holding out hope but the more information we got, I realized that wouldn't be good for Darrelle either."