Updated 4:17 p.m. ET
The Jets all this week have listed Darrelle Revis as out of Sunday’s game against San Francisco, but they have not placed him on injured reserve yet. And head coach Rex Ryan said at his news conference this afternoon that the reason for that is not because the team hasn’t gotten around to it.
“I’ve talked to Darrelle and all that,” Ryan said of his All-Pro corner, who tore his left ACL at Miami last Sunday. “Let’s see what happens when he goes through surgery. Because if there’s that 0.0002 percent chance that he can play in a Super Bowl or something, why would you take that option away from him?”
Ryan said there obviously is no intention of trying to rush Revis back from knee surgery in two or three weeks if he would be at risk on the field. And the coach said there hasn’t been anything in particular that has caused him, GM Mike Tannenbaum and the team’s medical and training staffs to think the injury might not be a season-ender.
“I think it’s a thing where let’s get through the surgery. You don’t have to make a snap decision, ‘Let’s just place him on IR, replace him with somebody,’ ” Rex said. “If you’re fortunate enough to get there, if he does well with the surgery, is healthy for that, is targeted for that, why wouldn’t you believe in yourself enough to give yourself that opportunity.”
He said he’s not saying a Revis return this season could happen. But is he thinking about? “That’s probably true,” he said with his Rexian smile.
“I just know our trainers are confident that Darrelle’s going to come back from this injury at some point, they think he’s going to be 100 percent. Now when that time is, I don’t know. I feel great about that and we feel great about that, being Jets fans and in this organization. I think we’ll have a much better understanding to it after he has the surgery.”
Scoring Change No. 1
Revis hasn’t been seen around the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center during media periods this week, but there was a leather relic that was placed in his locker early on. A football rested in one of the locker’s cubicles, white athletic tape wrapped in a band around its middle.
On the band was written in marker: “#24 / Fumble Rec / 3rd Qtr / 9/23/12 / MIA.”
It was the ball that Revis pounced on for the fumble recovery at the Dolphins 26 with 14:08 left in the third frame, his last takeaway perhaps this season before he tore his ACL a little over 10 minutes of clock time later.
NFL equipment teams routinely rescue footballs during a game that have significance to the players who scored with them, intercepted them or recovered them. Each ball gets wrapped in tape and the player’s number and details of the play are scrawled on it. Then the ball is left for the player, who passes it on to commemorative artists for special painting and printing. The ball comes back ready for the player’s trophy case or mantel.
Perhaps it’s no more poignant, but a scoring change involving that very football was made this week by the Elias Sports Bureau. That play was originally scored by the Dolphins stat crew as a fumble by RB Daniel Thomas, recovered by Revis but forced by Kenrick Ellis. From one angle, it did appear that Ellis performed the strip. From another, it looked as if Revis ripped the ball out of Thomas’ grasp. No replay angles gave a really clear view of who forced the fumble.
After further review and consultation, Elias ruled that Revis should get the force along with the recovery. Recoveries are official statistics, forces are not, but all are duly noted by Elias, the NFL and other statistical purveyors. It’s the third forced fumble of Revis’ career and his first since 2008, while the opponents’ recovery was the fifth of his career.
Scoring Change No. 2
Another scoring change from the Dolphins game was the 5-yard loss that Tim Tebow absorbed on his third-quarter Wildcat play from the Miami 2. It was scored as a running play but was changed to a sack because it was determined that Tebow was intending to throw to Jeff Cumberland, who was covered in the end zone. So it was a pass play, and because the passer was tackled behind the line, it became a sack.
That change ripples through the Jets’ statistics. It was, for instance, officially Tebow’s first pass play as a Jet. With 5 more rushing yards, the Jets break their tie with San Diego to hold 17th in the NFL’s rushing yards/game category. OK, not so impressive. With 5 fewer net passing yards, their 300-yard net game becomes a 295-yard game. (But Sanchez is still credited with a 306-yard individual passing game, the sixth 300-yard outing of his career.)
The change also gave the sack to DT Randy Starks, who’s become something of a Jet-killer lately. Who can forget Starks’ big game in last season’s finale at Miami: two interceptions and one sack of Sanchez.
And who was it that swatted away Nick Folk’s first gamewinning field goal attempt that was nullified because head coach Joe Philbin called the timeout a second before the kick? R.Starks.
The Icing on the Cake
Finally, it should be noted before the 49ers get here that while Philbin’s icing attempt didn’t work, Rex Ryan’s did. The Jets called timeout before Dan Carpenter’s 48-yard try to win it six minutes into overtime and Carpenter proceeded to hook his second kick of the day wide left from that area on the Sun Life Stadium field.
OK, so maybe Rex’s timeout worked and maybe Carpenter would have missed it either way. But that’s the beauty of icing the kicker. We’ll never know for sure what caused the miss, but the bottom line says the timeout worked its magic.
Which raises a trivia question: When was the last time the Jets successfully iced a kicker trying to win a game with a field goal in the last two minutes of regulation or overtime? Answer below.
Friday Injury Reports
The Jets are listing five players as limited at today’s practice and questionable for the 49ers: FB John Conner (knee), TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), LB Bart Scott (toe), LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring) and WR Patrick Turner (hamstring).
Will Keller be ready to roll after sitting out the last two games? “We’ll find out,” Ryan said. “I’m not willing to rule out any one of those guys, Keller, Thomas, Turner, Conner and Scott.”
However, rookie WR Stephen Hill (hamstring) is doubtful for the Niners, and Rex verbally modified that status to “very doubtful.”
One more Jet was added to this week’s list making it 21 players, the same number that last week’s list ended at. That player is RT Austin Howard (back), but he practiced full and is probable for the game. So are Sanchez (low back), S LaRon Landry (heel), S Eric Smith (hip/knee) and the 10 other Jets who had been full-go all week.
Update: For the 49ers, the good news for the Jets is that TE Vernon Davis appeared on today’s injury report. The bad news: Davis (back) practiced full and is probable for the game. So are LB Patrick Willis and P Andy Lee. The three other players on the list all week are questionable: WR Ted Ginn (ankle), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) and NT Isaac Sopoaga (ankle/knee). Sopoaga did not practice all week.
Ryan said the Jets “had a great day of practice” today and “a great week of practice” in preparing for the Niners. “Obviously, you’ve got to be on top of it when you look at this football team, how multiple they are in their formations, shifts, motions. You have to be on top of it, and I think our guys are. I think you’re going to see a great effort from our defense against their offense, and the same thing with our offense. … We talked about their personnel earlier in the week. It’s going to be a challenge no doubt. I think we’re ready to roll.”
CB Antonio Cromartie has said he thinks he’s the best cornerback in the NFL after Revis. Ryan says bravo: “I love it. Now he has to go out there and prove it. But I absolutely love it. As a corner, you have to have that kind of confidence. That’s not half the battle but it’s a big part of the battle. If you think you’re good enough to go out there and man up on the best receivers in the league, you’re certainly going to be challenged. And he’ll have that opportunity to prove it. I’m happy he feels that way.”
The wide receivers’ 97 yards after the catch at Miami was their most YAC in a game in the Sanchez/Ryan era of Jets football. In fact, it’s the most by the wideouts since they had 106 at San Diego in Brett Favre’s third game as a Jet, and the most in a victory since at least 1995. This number got a big boost from Jeremy Kerley’s 55 YAC on his 66-yard catch-and-run with Sanchez late in the third quarter.
Answer to the trivia question (no prizes awarded): The Jets last successfully iced the Chargers’ Nate Kaeding in the 2004 AFC Wild Card Game. Herm Edwards called the timeout with 4:23 left in the first overtime period, then Kaeding went wide right from 40 yards out. Then-SD coach Marty Schottenheimer tried to do the same with Doug Brien. It didn’t work as Brien put through the gamewinner from 28 yards out with five seconds left in the OT.
Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Darrelle Revis, Doug Brien, Dustin Keller, Herm Edwards, injured reserve, Kenrick Ellis, Marty Schottenheimer, Nate Kaeding, Rex Ryan, Stephen Hill, Tim Tebow
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