Rex Ryan started reading off the injury report, then briefly coughed as he tried to clear his throat.

"This next one has me a bit choked up," Ryan cracked.

That's when Ryan rattled off Darrelle Revis' name, explaining the Pro Bowl cornerback was limited in today's practice because of some tightness in his hamstring. Today was the first time the All-Pro -- who reported last Monday following a 36-day holdout while he was involved in a contract dispute -- complained about the injury. 

"[He] never missed anything yesterday, but today felt a little tightness back there," Ryan said. "And obviously we are going to err on the side of caution there. We need him, obviously."

But Ryan didn't sound overly concerned, especially when asked if he was saying the injury was going to keep Revis from playing in Sunday's huge AFC East showdown with the Patriots.

"No, I didn't say that," Ryan said. "I'm just saying he was limited in practice."

He added: "Yes, I would think he would play."

Exactly how bad is the tightness? Is this related to his holdout, which many thought could lead to some kind of injury because that's usually the case?

"I don't think it's that severe of a hamstring injury," Ryan said. "It wasn't like he pulled his hamstring like last year in training camp. He actually did pull a hamstring [then] so we are going to avoid that at all costs."

So if Revis does play, will Ryan keep him on the left side rather than have him shadow Randy Moss as he's said would be the case?

"No, I think the league is going to make us put him on Moss, wherever Moss is," Ryan cracked. "We've already made those statements."

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