The news we were expecting became official today… New York Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis will miss the rest of the 2012 season with a torn ACL in his left knee. According to ESPNnewyork.com’s Rich Cimini, Revis will wait 2-3 weeks before undergoing surgery.
Revis was injured in the third quarter of the Jets win over the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday. He was attempting to make a tackle on running back, Daniel Thomas, on a screen pass.
Rex Ryan spoke with reporters after the announcement was made and said, “It’s something we’re going to have to overcome. That’s the horrible thing that came out of the game.”
This injury is quite possibly the worst thing that could have happened to the Jets considering their struggles. Their pass defense was the only strong point of the team this season. The Jets offense and run defense has been below average and now that Revis is hurt their pass defense will surely not be the same.
The Jets defense relied heavily on the 4-time pro-bowler, to shut down the opposing teams best receiver and thus half of the field. Now, Ryan will have to keep his safeties back in coverage more often in order to help his cornerbacks out.
Antonio Cromartie will take Revis’s spot as the featured cornerback and Kyle Wilson will be moved up in the depth charts to the number two spot. Cromartie is no hack in coverage, but his play is inconsistent and is not at the level of Revis’. Wilson who has improved mightily over the past two seasons will now be in the spot light.
Wilson was asked if he would be ready and he said, “That’s my job man. It really doesn’t change anything. Maybe [I’ll get] get more playing time.”