FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Darrelle Revis still is waiting to hear three magic words: "cleared for contact." While the Jets' All-Pro cornerback is making progress while recovering from the first concussion of his career, he and coach Rex Ryan are taking a patient approach regarding his availability for Sunday's game at Miami.
In his meeting with the media Monday to rehash details of the Jets' 27-10 loss in Pittsburgh, Ryan expressed optimism that Revis will return, but he can't assume anything.
"He has to pass those tests," Ryan said. "He looks to be doing well, so hopefully he will be playing."
When Revis appeared at his locker after going over tape of the game with his teammates, he took the same one-step-at-a-time approach.
"I feel a lot better," Revis said. "The only way we can figure it out is the things I'm doing test-wise with the doctors. Those results are showing up great. I've just got to keep on passing those tests and move forward."
Without Revis in the secondary, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger picked the Jets apart in the second half, especially in third-down situations. Ryan credited Roethlisberger's ability to shrug off pass rushers, but he said that didn't explain mixups in the secondary.
"It was very tough to watch the game when you're at home, especially when the team's not doing well," Revis said. "I wanted to be out there, but looking at the tape, there's things we did that we can easily correct."
Revis knew from the last tests he took on Saturday that he wasn't 100 percent ready. So he starts over this week with more of the same repetitive tests designed to gauge perception and decision-making ability.
"It sounds like first grade, second grade -- shapes, sizes, numbers and words," Revis said. "They might give you a list of words and tell you to repeat all 14 of them. Those type of things just to remember what they're saying to you."
Asked if he had trouble with lighting or nausea, symptoms of more serious concussions, Revis said, "No, no. I was cool with lighting. Those were the first tests to see if I had any symptoms. It can be vomiting, dizziness, in a fog, slowed down, so much stuff that can happen.
"Now it's just making sure I'm doing everything right, making sure I'm listening and taking everything in that the doctors are giving me or that [Jets trainer] John Melody is giving me. I can only go by that until I get cleared to play and everything goes back to normal."