The MRI results are back and the news on Darrelle Revis‘s knee is as bad as everyone had feared.
Revis will likely be placed on the injured reserve at some point during the week and now the Jets will have to find a way to move forward without their best player and arguably the best defensive player in the NFL.
Considering the Jets stumbled to an 8-8 record last season with Revis playing 16 games, losing him now could be a downright crushing blow for the Jets’ hopes at reaching the postseason for the third time in four years.
Head coach Rex Ryan was despondent on Monday while announcing the extent of the injury. You cannot suffer a bigger loss in a win than the Jets did on Sunday.
“Obviously that’s a significant injury and it’s something that we’re going to have to overcome as a football team,” Ryan said. “He’s such a great player and a great teammate. … That’s the horrible thing that came out of the game.”
However, Ryan is fully aware that no team around the league is going to have any sympathy for the Jets. While Revis is one-of-a-kind, the show must go on, regardless of the circumstances.
“This is a team game, and as a team, we have to step it up,” Ryan said. “We accept the challenge.”
Accepting that challenge will be 25-year-old Kyle Wilson, the Jets’ 2010 first-round pick. The third-year man will start opposite Antonio Cromartie the rest of the way, and it will be a big opportunity for him.
Wilson has primarily played the slot corner position, but now he’ll get a chance to prove himself on the outside.
Wilson got the start in Week 2 when Revis missed the game with a concussion, but also played inside at times in that game with Ellis Lankster getting reps outside.
The Jets’ secondary had been one of the biggest strengths of the team this season, but losing Revis is obviously a significant blow. Now, the Jets need to prevent that loss from being a knockout blow for their 2012 season.