The Jets walked away with a win in Miami yesterday, but the team suffered an even greater loss when their worst fears were confirmed this afternoon: Star cornerback Darrelle Revis has torn his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will require surgery.
Head coach Rex Ryan announced the news today, and would not say for sure if the team plans to put Revis on injured reserve, but even in my limited knowledge of the medical field, I think it’s safe to say that Revis will miss the rest of the season. At this point, it’s just a matter of going through the proper steps to make it happen.
Ryan had just learned the news of Revis’ injury moments before his press conference, and was still gathering details. He said he will speak with Revis before placing him on IR and officially ending his season.
Revis will have surgery on this injured knee in two to three weeks (standard for the injury) and will then undergo rehab. Typically the recovery time is somewhere between 9 months to a year, but results vary. Adrian Peterson, who recovered from the injury in less than a year, is an exception. More often than not it is closer to 12-18 months before the athlete returns to his original form (see Wes Welker).
The Jets’ defensive scheme is designed around what Revis and Antonio Cromatie (but mostly Revis) can do, and the loss of Revis means it’s time for former first-round pick Kyle Wilson to step up. Ellis Lankster will now take on Wilson’s role in the slot.