The New York Jets may have to find out what life is like without cornerback Darrelle Revis for an extended period of time. While many wide receivers will be thrilled that they will not have to visit Revis Island any time soon, the Jets fear that Revis suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s 23-20 overtime win over the Miami Dolphins. It could end his season if the MRI results confirm the Jets’ biggest fear.
The Jets are used to being without Revis from time to time. Between hold outs, concussions and other minor injuries, Revis has missed some game time for New York over the past few years. They know how difficult it is to overcome losing your top defensive player, but they have not had to go for an extended period of time without him calling the shots in the defensive backfield.
Looks like they can start finding out what life will be like without him going forward. Head coach Rex Ryan knows just how much losing Revis will hurt his Jets. His defense relies on using Revis in man-to-man situations where he almost completely takes the opposing team’s top wide receiver out of the equation for most of the game. Revis has become the top shut down corner in all of football.
It is unknown as of now the extent of the injury. If it is indeed a torn ACL, then Revis’s season is over. The recovery time will allow him to return for next season but, between injuries and holdout possibilities, you never know what will happen between No. 24 and the Jets after this season.
For now, if Revis is in fact out for the rest of this season, the Jets will have to go with Kyle Wilson. Still, as good as Wilson is, it will be a huge downgrade at the position for the Jets. That speaks volumes as to just how effective Revis is for New York.
Considering that the Jets have not looked all that impressive this season despite a 2-1 record, losing a key player for any amount of time is a huge loss.
Losing a player such as Revis for the entire season will be a devastating loss.