Jets’ injured Revis says he’ll return to top form (Yahoo! Sports)

15 Oct

FILE - This Dec. 24, 2011 file photo shows New York Jets' Darrelle Revis before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, in East Rutherford, N.J. Revis says there's

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Darrelle Revis will be a shutdown cornerback again. He's certain of it.

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Darrelle Revis tries out a new job — cameraman at large

14 Oct
by Maggie Hendricks in Fantasy Football, General

Darrelle Revis can't help the New York Jets on the football field. Since he tore his ACL on Sept. 23, the All-Pro cornerback has been on injured reserve and unable to suit up.

But that doesn't mean he's not going to help his team. He was spotted in the camera booth during the New York Jets' 35-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Perhaps this can be the start of a new reality show to follow the Jets. They were a huge hit when they were the subject of "Hard Knocks," so why not produce the spinoff, "Darrelle's Dirty Jobs?" Revis can try out all the different gameday jobs, including cheerleader, luxury box waiter, and guy in charge of catching Rex Ryan's headset when he throws it in anger.

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No Super comeback: Jets place CB Revis on IR (Yahoo! Sports)

12 Oct
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- There will be no dramatic Super Bowl return for Darrelle Revis.
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Ben Tate, Dustin Keller headline Texans-Jets inactive lists

08 Oct

The Houston Texans will not have backup running back Ben Tate for Monday night's game against the New York Jets.  Tate, who has 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns with nine receptions for 48 yards in four games this season, was listed as "questionable" with a toe injury.

For the Jets, they'll once again be without All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis (knee), tight end Dustin Keller and rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill, the latter two have hamstring injuries. On the defensive side, nose tackle Sione Po'uha continues to be sidelined with a back injury.

Houston: RB Ben Tate, WR Lestar Jean, OT Andrew Gardner, G Brandon Brooks, CB Brandon Harris, CB Roc Carmichael, S Quintin Demps

NY Jets: QB Greg McElroy, FB John Conner, WR Stephen Hill, TE Dustin Keller, G Caleb Schlauderaff, NT Sione Po'uha, CB Darrelle Revis

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AP source: Jets WR Holmes has Lisfranc injury (Yahoo! Sports)

02 Oct

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) gestures to fans as he is carted off the field after being injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEW YORK (AP) -- First, Darrelle Revis. Now, Santonio Holmes.

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Jets hold out hope that Darrelle Revis could return for Super Bowl

29 Sep

In two or three weeks, New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will undergo surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that was torn in a non-contact injury during the Jets' Week 3 win over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.

[More: NFL referees overwhelmingly approve new contract]

The standard recovery time for a torn ACL is six-to-nine months, which means the standard timetable would have Revis out until at least March and possibly returning for the team's minicamp in June. Still, the Jets think there's a chance Revis could play if the team makes Super Bowl XLVII (scheduled for February 3, 2013) and are not yet willing to place the All-Pro cornerback on season-ending injured reserve.

"Let's see what happens when he goes through surgery," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said on Friday according to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. "Because if there's that 0.0002% chance that he can play in the Super Bowl, why would take the option away from him?

"Let's get through the surgery. You don't have to make a snap decision and say, 'Let's just place him on I.R. and replace him with somebody'. 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 — then why wouldn't you believe in yourself enough to give yourself that opportunity?"

Instead of going with a 52-man roster right now, which the Jets appear intent on doing for the short-term, the Jets could take advantage of Bylaw Proposal 6A, which amended Article XVII, Section 17.16(B) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and allows teams to place players on injured reserve with a "Designated to Return" label. Under that scenario, in the next six-to-nine weeks, if the Jets appear primed for a deep playoff run and Revis comes out of his surgery and is making strong progress in his rehab, the club could add him to the active roster and keep him inactive on game day until he's medically-cleared to return to the playing field.

[Also: Marshawn Lynch mum on arrest, content to bowl over defenders]

It appears as though there's a psychological element to the Jets' unwillingness to end Revis' season this early. Despite a 2-1 record, the loss of their best player for the duration could result in a downward spiral in both the locker room and the stands should the wheels come off the bus for a second consecutive season.

"I'm not guaranteeing it's going to happen by any stretch," Ryan said of Revis' return this season. "Our trainers are confident that Darrelle's going to come back from this injury. At some point, they think he's going to be a 100 percent from this injury. Now when that time is, I'm not sure. Obviously we feel great about that, being Jet fans and being in this organization. When that time is, I'm not sure. But I think you'll have a much better understanding of it after he has the surgery."

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Breakfast Table: Falcons, Flags, Revis fallout

28 Sep
by in General

How good are the Falcons? How bad were the outgoing scab refs? Is Norv Turner a better coach after September? Are the Jets done without Darrelle Revis?

Time for a look around the league, starting with Michael Salfino and ending with Scott Pianowski

From: Michael Salfino
Date: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Subject: Week 4 Breakfast
To: scott pianowski

The U.N. Security Council is meeting right now to work out the world's biggest problem, the Immaculate Deception call in the Seahawks-Packers game. Forget peace in the Middle East. We need to bring the NFL and the referees back together pronto or Western Civilization may collapse.

Actually, I was not surprised at all that the NFL said the call was good. I think it's like the "complete the process of the catch" rule. We know that was an interception just like we know when a guy catches the ball and when he doesn't. But the rule sort of gums up the works. How to rewrite it, I have no idea. As a Jets fan, I've lived through this craziness before. I think we'd be screaming if the replacement refs made those calls or a multitude of crappy calls that the real refs made every single week.

But the idea that fans are going to boycott games or that the Packers would protest by just taking a knee for the whole game is such an overreaction. Remember, M.D. Jennings on that play did not win the battle and Golden Tate, to his credit, put the stupid rule in play just like a defensive back does when he strips the ball from a receiver rolling on the ground after a "catch."

As for the rest of the league, how crazy is it that Brady, Brees, Peyton and Rodgers are now 3-9? Has there ever been a team you are less impressed by at 2-1 than the Eagles? Okay, maybe the Jets. How many points is Revis worth per game? What happened to the Niners? Are the Vikings better than the Lions? Are the Falcons actually underrated now by the sharps? Can anyone stop the Texans? Are the Super Bowl champions flying under the radar? Week 4 Breakfast is served.

From: scott pianowski
Date: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 6:15 AM
Subject: you will fall in love on flag day
To: Michael Salfino

Like the rest of the logical world, I'm relieved to have this officiating mess put to bed. I didn't enjoy talking about it or reading about it, and too many results were starting to feel artificial. Did the right team win between the Patriots and Ravens? Debatable. Did the right team win at Seattle? Obviously not. I don't accept that the officiating fiasco in some way made the NFL more fun or interesting; to me, it just felt cheap and infuriating.

The problem with an officiating lockout in the NFL is that the replacements weren't the next-best refs not in the NFL. The college refs didn't want to bail for a temporary gig in the pros. You had to settle for a hodge-podge of amateurs, and as we all saw in graphic detail, the majority of them couldn't handle the speed and the emotional challenge of the NFL. I'm so glad this story is over.

You could add Ben Roethlisberger to your quarterback collection: the Steelers are 1-2, bringing the Fab Five to a collective 4-11. They're getting the bye at the perfect moment. Timing is everything.

Are the Falcons a story about timing? You could argue they caught the Chiefs (Week 1, key players hurt), Broncos (Manning isn't locked in with his new team yet) and Chargers (Norv in September) all at the right time. But I suspect the Panthers could be lying in the weeds in Week 4. No team is as bad as its worst day, and Carolina had a week and a half to address that monstrosity against the Giants. General bounce-back theory, I expect a close game in Week 4, perhaps an upset.

I feel sorry for you and the Jets in 2012 (zero sarcasm here). The Tebow story, for starters. Revis down for the season. Did you catch all that heavy package stuff the Jets tried in Miami? The only thing worse than Shonn Greene running behind a basic line is Shonn Greene running behind a jumbo package. It's not really about power, it's about spacing. I expect the Niners to kick the tar out of them this week.

Minnesota looks legit to me, in a frisky 8-8 or 9-7 sort of way. The defensive front seven is terrific. Percy Harvin is a Top 5 receiver when healthy. Christian Ponder is one of those confused rookie QBs who improves by leaps and bounds in Year 2. I still don't trust the Vikings secondary, but I guess you can't have everything. They have a decent chance at beating the Lions, who have been unbalanced (and overrated) for a year and change now.

The NFC West turned into a funky division, where every team is significantly better on defense than offense. Another data point of why pre-season strength of schedule is beyond silly. Did the Cardinals deprogram Kevin Kolb, and can Arizona threaten for the playoffs despite the worst blocking in the league? How long can the Seahawks keep winning with the "hide the quarertback" game? Is Alex Smith just a "hitter's count" quarterback or will he finally start showing something when he's needed to drive the offense?

I'll let you have first run on the slate. Giants-Eagles are always interesting. Packers-Saints is a required check-in. The Cowboys and Bears seem to have a lot in common. I can't see New England struggling in Buffalo, but maybe you can talk me out of that.

The Ravens don't have another National TV audience until the middle of December. Amen to that. I only watched half of Thursday's game, my own silent protest. Are Thursday games sloppy as a rule? Sure seems that way to me.

From: Michael Salfino
Date: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Subject: Re: you will fall in love on flag day
To: scott pianowski

The rule is stupid in the NFL that over the upright is good. The ball should have to go between the uprights. The uprights aren't like the foul pole in baseball. The far greater mass of the upright will cause the kick to be no-good than good. And is it good by rule if any part of the ball goes over the upright? That's extra dumb if so.

Remember, the real refs suck, too. And I have issues with numerous rules beyond the dopey dual possession. Completing the process of a catch is dumb. It's stupid that you are not down when you are laying on a person on the ground. The fact that "judgment" calls like pass interference can't be reviewed — I find that infuriating. Why does a team need to burn a timeout in the final two minutes when there's an injury but the clock is stopped (due to an incompletion, for example)? Why do you lose a challenge when you are correct UNLESS you are right a second time, too, and then only get one more challenge? So many other calls are seemingly arbitrary. The refereeing is a random factor in most games and will continue to be so with the union guys. But this is still the greatest game there is.

Yes, Roethlisberger, too, struggling for wins. That's a good one. I have no idea how the Steelers lost that game in Oakland. You called it though, so hat tip.

I think you're being too clever with the Falcons — Norv in September? If we assume it's true, it's really, really hard to come up with some plausible reason why it's true. The Chiefs are terrible though, I agree. And I will agree that the Broncos and Chargers are average-ish. So you can make the case that the Falcons lack an impressive win. But trouncing an average team on the road like the Falcons did last week is impressive, isn't it?

I try to check myself with the Jets against Massey-Peabody. I felt like you did after watching them last week. But their numbers are holding up — currently seventh in their power rankings. M-P expects the game on Sunday to be a toss-up. They do not factor in injuries but rather seek to adjust rankings quickly for quarterback injuries at least. I don't think they do this for players at other positions, who are not as valuable as we expect Revis is. But the quarterbacks typically move the lines rather marginally, maybe a point or two. Hardly ever three. So I'll be surprised if the Jets are trounced by the Niners at the Meadowlands. Sanchez is having a very weird season with the 50.4% completions but with a YPA over 7.0. And he's leading the NFL in air yards on completions, too — up over three yards from last year's average (also the greatest differential; Aaron Rodgers is the negative trailer here and is averaging about half as many air yards per completion as Sanchez). I looked at the coaches tape of the game and again, he finds the open guy and generally throws good passes when they are open. They are just not open enough. Bilal Powell looks good to me, but anyone looks good compared to Greene.

We've debated this extensively via Twitter. But I do think Antonio Cromartie is much better than you do and that the Jets will keep him man-to-man as he's been and just have a safety over the top on Wilson's side. Rex Ryan can coach defense, too, so I'd be very surprised if the roof falls in. Vernon Davis terrifies me in this game but the Niners forget about him for long stretches for reasons that remain a mystery to me.

I like the Vikings, too, taking the points. Against the spread, also really like Houston, San Diego, the Jets, Miami, Jacksonville and New Orleans. Pretty much all the games that Massey-Peabody likes. I'm at the point now where I pick the games their way before I even get their picks because I'm sort of dialed in on what stats have the most predictive value.

I like the Bills on paper but expect Brady to have a four-TD game pretty soon and why not now? The Eagles are not a good team. Vick is like "Tommy" in the pocket. How he didn't feel pressure at all on that blitz at the end of the first half is a total mystery to me. It wasn't even his blindside. But Vick tees himself up for defenders like that all the time which is why he'll get hurt again. He must be very popular because otherwise he would have been taken out in the prison yards in about five seconds. Walter White would not have had to come up with an intricate plan for Vick. Just roll a tank over him while he's playing horseshoes or something. He'd have no clue.

Getting pushback in our Morris vs. Ridley debate — not for Ridley but for the aside that I put Marshawn Lynch in the same tier as Morris and actually prefer Morris. The Seattle offense looks high school-ish to me. They seem very wiling to go three-and-out. And while Lynch is better than Shonn Greene, no doubt, he similarly runs straight into contact. Despite his reputation for being a tough runner, the numbers do not support it. He's average at best in yards after contact per rush. (Last year he was tied for 32nd, this year he's good, seventh, but the sample is small so I'm weighting 2011 much more, obviously). What do you think about Lynch? He doesn't catch passes either, as you know.

I don't know which team I like to challenge the Niners — Seattle or Arizona. One of them definitely will. Whichever one finds a serviceable offense. But the Cardinals at least have one playmaker. I thought the QB was going to be the Seahawks playmaker and now, like you, I have my doubts.

You make a good point about the Thursday games. They put too much pressure on teams and should be abandoned. But teams can't play another night because Friday night is the high school football night that the league doesn't want to step on and they have formally agreed forever not to go head-to-head on Saturday against the colleges. Plus I bowl on Thursdays, dude, and it's a bit of a pain for me to have to catch up afterwards on the DVR. First-world problems.

From: scott pianowski
Date: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM
Subject: yellow submarine
To: Michael Salfino

The real officials are not perfect, but they are light years ahead of these guys. The scab refs weren't Triple-A ballplayers replacing the major-leaguers, they were beer league journeyman asked to do the job. The difference was significant.

Maybe the Turner/September stuff means nothing, I don't know. Let's look at some numbers for Turner since he moved to San Diego.

-- September: 10-10 straight up, 7-12-1 against the spread
-- October: 9-10, 9-10
-- November: 11-9, 10-10
-- December: 18-3, 15-6
-- January: 6-3, 6-2-1

I include the ATS performance to get a sense of how his teams have performed relative to expectations. Obviously the ATS measure is not perfect — the spread is not necessarily a reflection of team strength. Nonetheless, it's interesting to see how the disparity plays out.

I discussed this off the cuff with Yahoo! colleague Doug Farrar a few weeks ago, in a radio spot. I asked Doug about this cold, but he had an interesting theory (which I'm paraphrasing here): perhaps because Turner's offenses are so consistent and basic in scheme, they're easy to prepare for in the early part of the season (in contrast to a team that's multiple and dynamic in its design).

Why do Turner's teams do so well late? Is he slow to tweak his roster, but a genius when things come around? Heck, these samples are so small, maybe it's nothing, I don't know. I still feel Turner is a dynamite coordinator and not ideally suited to be a head coach, but I'm saying that 2,300 miles away from his locker room (that's driving mileage, not as the Cromartie flies).

You and I briefly discussed Sanchez on Twitter this week, touching on the worth of completion percentage. I'll float another idea I have no backup on: it seems logical to me that if you measured two players with like YPAs but far different completion percentages, the accurate QB would be more consistent and more likely to sustain offense. It's like comparing the consistent Emmitt Smith with the boom-or-bust Barry Sanders. But I'm not going to come down too hard on Sanchez; as we've discussed many times in this space, his organization has set him up to fail in 100 different ways.

The Fitzpatrick-era Bills have struggled against New England. Buffalo managed a split last year (34-31 win, 49-21 loss), and the other three games were losses (34-3, 38-30, 17-10). Fitzpatrick has seven touchdown passes during the run, 12 picks. Brady threw four picks (and four TD passes) in the loss at Buffalo last year (one a silly tipped pass that went back for six); in the five cumulative games, he's at 14 TDs, six interceptions. The only time I consider player-team history is inside a division (and only if there's continuity, especially on offense).

The key to Buffalo's offense is quick throws and space running from the spread (New England catches a big break with Spiller and Jackson both being less than 100 percent). The Jets are a horrendous matchup for Buffalo because New York can press the receivers and mess up the timing of the short passing game; Fitzpatrick can't make them pay by taking the top off the defense. New England's corners can't really be trusted right now, but I believe in Brady and Belichick in this type of spot (yeah, I said that last week, but weren't they the better team in Baltimore?). Patriots by at least 10.

Cromartie says he's the best cover guy in the NFL, which is all I need. Did I mention I'm the King of Siam?

For all the talk of Sean Payton's absence being validated (and I know I've said some words there), the biggest New Orleans problem is defense (players and scheme). You can give me 10 Sean Paytons, I don't know how they fix that. The offense hasn't been sharp, but these guys can still put up 27-30 against almost anyone. It won't matter when the Pack goes for 35 plus, which it will on Sunday. (Perhaps stubbornly, I'm not bailing on Jordy Nelson yet.)

The invaluable Spreadapedia resource shows Thursday games finishing under the total at a 174-142-8 clip, dating back to 1978. All four this year have gone under. Sounds like something to me. Prep time, rest time, it has to makes some sort of difference.

This should be the Broncos get-back week. Oakland has all those secondary injuries — even Brian Hartline exploited them. Denver can at least point to quality losses by opponent — Atlanta and Houston. The Raiders quirked their way to a surprising comeback last week, but this is still one of the 2-3 worst teams in the league. I hate picking all this chalk, but I'll be shocked if the Broncos don't romp.

A bunch of loose ends to tie up, but that's what the comments are for. September absolutely flew by.

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Jets not ready to rule out Revis for season (Yahoo! Sports)

28 Sep

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 file photo, New York Jets trainers attend to cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Miami. Revis has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that will require surgery, likely meaning he'll miss the rest of the season, the team announced Monday, Sept. 24. (AP Photo/Rhona Wise, File)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Rex Ryan has not dashed his Super Bowl hopes - or the chance Darrelle Revis will be there on the field with the New York Jets this season.

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With Revis out, RB McKnight to work at CB for Jets (Yahoo! Sports)

26 Sep

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 file photo, New York Jets trainers attend to cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Miami. Revis has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that will require surgery, likely meaning he'll miss the rest of the season, the team announced Monday, Sept. 24. (AP Photo/Rhona Wise, File)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Joe McKnight walked into the Jets' offensive meeting room and Rex Ryan broke the news to the backup running back.

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Reggie Bush on Darrelle Revis’ injury: ‘What goes around comes around’

26 Sep

Any fan of the New York Jets would have been understandably apoplectic when the news came down this week that ultimate shutdown corner Darrelle Revis was lost for the rest of the 2012 season after suffering a torn ACL in Sunday's 23-20 overtime win over the Miami Dolphins at Miami's Sun Life Stadium. Jets head coach Rex Ryan was depressed as well, but one guy who almost sounded happy about what happened to Revis was Dolphins running back Reggie Bush.

[More: NFL gives into public pressure, brings back refs]

Bush, who hurt his knee in the second quarter of the Jets game -- his injury was not season-ending -- said on a Tuesday radio appearance what happened to Revis was justice, in a way.

"It's like the old saying, what goes around comes around," Bush said, via the Palm Beach Post. "They talked about all week about putting hot sauce and this and that, and they ended up losing their best player for the rest of the season. So, it's sad that it happened because of that, but I'm going to be back."

The "hot sauce" the Jets were allegedly discussing regarding Bush came from a comment by Jets defensive lineman Calvin Pace.

"We had to put him on out," Pace said of Bush. "We didn't see him again."

That followed up a joke by Ryan last Wednesday. "Obviously, we have to do a great job of getting a lot of guys to him and getting him on the ground," the Jets' coach said. "Put some hot sauce on him, if you will."

[More: Fitzgerald takes unique diet in hopes of prolonging career]

Bush, who had gained 61 yards on 10 carries in the first half of the Jets game, was injured late in the second quarter as the Dolphins were trying to run out the clock. He did not return. The formerly inconsistent back has surprised a lot of people by setting himself as one of the league leaders in rushing through the early part of the 2012 season. He currently ranks fifth in the league with 302 yards on just 65 carries, giving him a 6.0 yards-per-carry average.

"He definitely misinterpreted my comment," Ryan said in this Wednesday's presser. "Next time we play them, he's going to get attention from us because he's a great football player. It's almost a compliment that's taken a different way."

The two teams face off again on Oct. 28 at MetLife Stadium, the Jets' home turf.

Meanwhile, Bush hopes to play this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. "It's just a bruise," he said on Tuesday. "I'm working hard to get back for this week."
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