FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle 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.
A somber coach Rex Ryan wouldn't definitively rule Revis out for the season Monday, saying he just found out about the results of the MRI exam. But Revis will have to wait two or three weeks before having surgery, Ryan said, and the recovery from an ACL tear is normally between six and nine months. So, the chances of Revis returning this season appear extremely slim.
Ryan added that he would speak with Revis first before the team decides whether he will be placed on injured reserve.
"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 was injured in the third quarter of the Jets' 23-20 overtime victory at Miami on Sunday, falling awkwardly and grabbing at his knee even before he hit the grass. It was a non-contact injury, and he wound up covering 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.
Ryan had a feeling the injury was serious when talking to Revis on the plane ride home from Miami on Sunday night, but the team wanted to wait until the MRI results Monday morning confirmed their worst fears.
"Obviously, that's a significant injury," Ryan said. "It's something we have to overcome as a football team. For him, I feel bad about it because he's such a great player and a great teammate. We're going to lose that presence. I don't know what else to say about it.