FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Cornerback Darrelle Revis, who missed the last two games because of a concussion, said Thursday that he expects to be cleared to rejoin the Jets on Sunday against the Titans.
“I practiced,” Revis said, “so I’ll be ready to go Sunday.”
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Revis returned to the practice field Thursday and even intercepted a few balls, but he did not face any contact. He must be examined by a doctor and released from the NFL’s concussion protocol before he can be cleared to practice fully and then play. The Jets hope that OK will be given on Friday.
“I think I’ll pass that and move forward,” Revis said. “It was good to be back on the field after two weeks. The last couple weeks has just been following what the training staff tells me to do and just trying to get through the concussion. I had a couple in the past, and this has probably been the one that’s kept me out the most . . . It’s a blow to your head, so you’ve definitely got to follow every protocol you can to get back.”
Revis suffered the concussion Nov. 22 in a loss against Houston. The Jets (7-5) won the next two games to put themselves in the thick of the AFC wild-card race, but they know they are better off with Revis in the lineup.
He had one previous diagnosed concussion as a pro, in Week 1 of the 2012 season. He missed one game. He said the symptoms of this one were “pretty bad,” though he declined to give specifics. “You can’t play around with these things,” Revis said. “These are serious.’’
Concussions are a hot topic in the NFL — there’s a movie that will be out soon called “Concussion” — but Revis said he is not thinking about the long-term risks of playing after having suffered one.
“I’m not really looking at that right now,” he said. “You have one, they’re all the same. You go through the same protocol. My job is to get back healthy and get back on the field. I will be back on the field soon. That’s how I look at it. You don’t wish a concussion or any type of injury on anyone. This is what we signed up for. But at the same time, if you have an injury or a blow to the head, you just have to follow the protocol and get back as healthy as you can.”
Coach Todd Bowles said he was glad to see Revis back on the field. “I was happy with the progress today,” Bowles said. “I need to see a little more tomorrow and then we’ll have to talk about it.”
If Revis plays, there is a question of how effective he’ll be. Revis was not as dominant as usual before he got hurt; for example, he got beat by Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins for a 61-yard touchdown pass in the Jets’ 24-17 loss.
“He was playing pretty well before that,” Bowles said. “He had one or two times where he got beat, and it looked worse than it was. I have all the confidence in the world in him.”