The New York Jets worst fears were realized and confirmed today when they learned that their All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis does indeed have a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.
“Obviously that’s a significant injury and it’s something that we’re going to have to overcome as a football team,” Jet head coach Rex Ryan said. “For him I feel bad about it because he’s such a great player and a great teammate. We’re going to lose that presence.”
Revis fell to the ground without any contact in the Jets 23-20 overtime win against the Miami Dolphins yesterday and immediately writhed in pain. Revis’ knee buckled as he tried to position himself to defend a screen pass, and it was apparent from the very beginning that this was a serious injury. Revis walked off the field but he didn’t make it any further and was carted to the Jets locker room.
“When I saw him walking, when I talked to Darrelle on the plane, I could tell he thought it was a major injury, a significant injury,” Ryan said. “I didn’t want to speculate until we got the MRI back, but we knew it was a possibility.”
Luckily for the Jets, they have a contingency plan in Antonio Cromartie, but losing the best cornerback in all of football is not going to do the Jets any favors when it comes to winning an otherwise weak AFC North division. As of right now, the Jets are tied at 2-1 with the Buffalo Bills with the Dolphins and Patriots sitting a game behind at 1-2.
Losing Revis means that the Jets defense loses a hefty amount of it’s intimidation. When Revis sat out last week’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Jets defense was gutted by a clearly superior team, a team that couldn’t beat the Oakland Raiders yesterday.
Beyond the doubts about the Jets season is the question mark regarding Revis’ future. We’ve seen players suffer ACL injuries and recover to return to their elite status, but that’s not alway a guarantee. It’s going to be a slow process back for Revis, and an immediate future with him on the sidelines is something that Jets fans are going to have to get used to for a long time.