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Darrelle Revis returns after positive MRI exam
Darrelle Revis arrived at the Jets training facility around 2:15 p.m. Monday following a morning medical exam with noted surgeon Dr. Russell Warren.
The Jets cornerback, who is six months removed from reconstructive knee surgery, had a consultation with Warren (who happens to be the Giants' team doctor) and underwent an MRI around 8 a.m. at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Afterward, he made the trek to Florham Park.
According to a league source, Revis’ exam went “great” and the cornerback has been cleared to run without restrictions.
Revis’ health remains the biggest unknown in the trade talks between the Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – the only known trade partner willing to acquire the former shutdown corner who tore his left ACL in September.
The Bucs are willing to give up a 1st, 2nd and 5th-round pick for Revis, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King reported Monday, but it’s unclear if the Jets would secure all of those picks in next week’s draft (which starts April 25) or in 2014.
An ESPN report surfaced Monday that the trade talks are "on hold” while the Jets examine Revis, but according to CBSSports.com, that's simply a ploy by the Jets brass to raise the asking price "with this supposed suspension of trade talks."
Revis, who was behind the wheel of his silver, dark-tinted Mini Cooper, did not stop to talk to reporters at the entrance of 1 Jets Drive Monday.
His presence at the facility was a foregone conclusion, considering the $3 million he stood to lose if he didn’t attend the start of voluntary workouts. A source confirmed to Newsday last week that Revis’ contract -- which he signed in 2010 after a training-camp holdout -- contains language that requires him to attend roughly 80 percent of the voluntary workouts or risk losing a $1-million roster bonus (activated in March, but not yet paid), a $1-million workout bonus and a $1-million reporting bonus at the start of training camp in July.
Though Revis didn't speak to the media Monday, his teammates did. Both quarterback Mark Sanchez and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson said they would hate to see Revis on another team, but understand the business side of the NFL.
"How would I feel if they traded Revis? It's not my call," said Sanchez, who said on a conference call that he hadn't seen or talked to his star cornerback. "I love him as a teammate, I love him as a friend. But I don't make those decisions.”
"He's a great guy on and off the field," Wilkerson said of Revis. "I would love to have him as a teammate, but that's something I can't control. I wish him the best wherever he is, and if he comes back that's a plus for us."