The Pittsburgh Steelers are not the only ones who will have All-Pro defenders sidelined on Sunday.
The New York Jets have officially announced that superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis will not travel with the team and is official ruled out of their Week 2 matchup with the Steelers at Heinz Field.
Revis suffered what he believes to be the first concussion of his football life last week, after teammate Bart Scott accidentally kicked him in the head while they attempted to tackle Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller.
Starting outside linebacker Bryan Thomas has also been ruled out for the Jets, as has tight end Dustin Keller.
The Steelers will be without perennial All-Pros James Harrison and Troy Polamalu themselves.
With so much star power out this week on both sides, perhaps there will be a little more offense than would otherwise expected from two of the elite defensive teams in football.
In Revis’s place, third-year cornerback Kyle Wilson will get the start, coming off an excellent Week 1 performance that saw him make a nifty interception while playing the slot corner position.
A former Boise State Bronco, Wilson was the Jets’ 1st-round pick in 2010. Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie are arguably the best starting cornerback tandem in football, which has meant mostly slot work for Wilson.
A hard-working New Jersey native, Wilson practices at every cornerback spot every day, and he has declared himself ready to go in Revis’s absence this week.
The gameplan had likely been to have Revis cover Antonio Brown with Cromartie blanketing Mike Wallace, but we’ll see if the Jets stick with Cromartie on Wallace with Wilson on Brown, or change it up as the game goes along.
Revis, a Pittsburgh native and a former Pitt Panther, missed three games in 2010 with a hamstring injury, but the Jets went 3-0 in those games. However, they didn’t play a team like the Steelers during that stretch.
It’ll be a tough test going without arguably the best defensive player in football, but the Jets won’t get any sympathy from the Steelers. It all comes to a head Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.