Darrelle Revis, cornerback for the New York Jets, is out for the season with a torn ACL. The news comes from Jets head coach Rex Ryan that his star defensive player will miss the remaining 2012 season after suffering a non-contact injury while trying to tackle Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas.
The Jets ended up winning their match-up against Miami 23-20 in overtime, but the victory came with a great loss.
Revis, half of the Jets’ pass defense alongside fellow cornerback Antonio Cromartie, has been hailed as one of the best corners in the NFL, that is, when he is healthy.
Revis missed the 27-10 beating the Jets suffered at the hands of the Steelers in Week 2 as he was out with a concussion. The cornerback has been on the decline since having a stellar 2009 season, where Revis deflected 31 passes, picked off 6 passes, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Since then, Revis has struggled with injuries and now the Jets will have to rely on Cromartie to step it up on defense.
According to Coach Ryan, third-year cornerback Kyle Wilson will replace Revis and work opposite Cromartie.
“Is it a major blow when you lose a great player like Darrelle Revis? Of course, absolutely it is,” Ryan said in a press conference. “But this is a football team. I think we showed it yesterday. There were plenty of times to get down in that game, but we kept fighting, believing in each other. That’s what it’s going to take, from everybody we have.”
After Week 3, the Jets rank 10th overall in yards allowed, and now with Revis out, the Jets will need to focus more on quarterback pressure.