If the New York Jets had any hopes of making the playoffs this season, they might have to do it without their best defensive player.
After going down on Sunday in the Jets’ overtime victory against the Miami Dolphins, cornerback Darrelle Revis was carted off the field with a seemingly-serious knee injury. According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, there’s a good chance that the elite coverage man has torn his left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
“Jets sources say Revis [probably] has a torn ACL, but hoping for better news after MRI Monday. However, knee is ‘loose,’ jargon for ACL tear,” Cole said via Twitter.
The injury occurred in the third quarter while Revis was attempting to make a tackle. He planted his left foot and the knee buckled. He spent a couple minutes on the ground before limping over to the sideline. The “non-contact” aspect of the injury also makes an ACL tear more likely.
Revis will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.
Once Revis was out of the lineup, the Dolphins’ offense flourished as cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson struggled to slow down the opposing pass-catchers when Miami wasn’t running the ball down their throats. Wilson has proven through his short NFL career that he’s still not ready for a starting role, which could force the Jets to look elsewhere during Revis’ absence.
It’s going to be a long season for the Jets if Revis has a torn ACL. The Jets defense is built around his ability to nullify opponents’ No. 1 receivers, allowing the rest of the secondary to shut down the other options.
Without their lockdown cornerback, the defense will struggle to slow down opposing offenses, effectively putting more pressure on Mark Sanchez and the Gang Green offense to keep up on the scoreboard.
If the Jets have to rely on Sanchez and the offense to carry them through this season, they can kiss those playoff hopes goodbye.