Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Revis to Be Shut Down after Surgery on Knee

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Revis to Be Shut Down after Surgery on Knee

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The NFL's top shutdown cornerback will likely be shut down for the season.

Darrelle Revis has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that will require surgery, a huge blow for the New York Jets that leaves coach Rex Ryan without his best defensive player.

A somber Ryan stopped short of ruling Revis out for the season Monday, saying he just learned of the MRI results. But Revis will have to wait two or three weeks before surgery, Ryan said, and the recovery from an ACL tear is usually six to nine months. So the chances of Revis returning this season appear extremely slim.

Ryan added that he will speak with Revis before the team decides whether he will be placed on injured reserve, a move that could happen as early as today.

"It's just disappointing," Ryan said. "This guy wants to win. As great a player as he is individually, he's a great teammate and just wants to win. That's why he was so excited about this year."

Revis, 27, was injured in the third quarter of a 23-20 overtime victory Sunday at Miami, falling awkwardly and grabbing his knee even before he hit the grass.

It was a non-contact injury, and he covered his face with gloved hands in obvious pain. He was able to walk off the field, but was taken into the locker room on a golf cart.

"Thanks for all the support!" Revis wrote on his Twitter page. "It's just part of the game, I'm already on my way to recover!"

Ryan suspected the injury was serious when he talked to Revis on the plane ride home. MRI results confirmed the team's worst fears.

"I know the way Darrelle is that this is a guy who's as competitive as it gets, and I don't think there's any doubt that he's going to come back strong from it," Ryan said.

Raiders

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was released from the hospital a day after being knocked out by a helmet-to-helmet hit and is expected to make a full recovery. Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion and a strained neck on the scary hit from Steelers safety Ryan Mundy that stopped the game Sunday for more than 10 minutes as Heyward- Bey had to regain consciousness before being carted off the field and taken to the hospital. There was no penalty called on the play by the replacement officials. …

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