FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Darrelle Revis said he would try to play with a broken leg if he had to. But in the NFL, in which head injuries are now a paramount cause for concern, the Jets cornerback knows the decision does not rest in his hands.
As of Thursday, there was no change in his status for Sunday's game against the Steelers, leaving the Jets with yet another day of uncertainty. Three days after he was diagnosed with a mild concussion after a Week 1 win over Buffalo, Revis still hadn't been cleared to play in Pittsburgh, where he attended college.
But in his first interview since suffering the injury, Revis said he is studying and preparing as if it were a normal week.
"I feel pretty good," he said, his eyes slightly red-rimmed, as he stood in front of his locker. "I feel like I can play this week. But there's some other things, other procedures we have to do and guidelines we have to follow before I step on the field."
Revis has been cleared to resume running and lifting weights. But he has yet to practice or be cleared for contact, meaning Friday will be a critical day in gauging how close he is to suiting up at Heinz Field.
"I would think by Saturday, we better know something," Ryan said.
Revis said this is his first concussion at any stage of his playing career. And for that reason, he's looking to the doctors for guidance.
He remembers bits and pieces of the fourth-quarter play that left him slow to get up from the MetLife Stadium turf. He remembers Bills running back C.J. Spiller breaking free of tackles near the line of scrimmage and heading upfield. As Revis lunged forward, stretching out his hand to try to trip Spiller, linebacker Bart Scott kicked Revis' helmet as he tried to jump over the prone cornerback.
"The play happened so fast," Revis said.
At the time, he thought it was just a headache. Then his condition slowly worsened. "It was just being in a fog," he said.
Asked by a reporter if the "fog" has mostly cleared now, Revis responded with a laugh: "It's cool. I know who you are."
Should Revis miss Sunday's rematch of the 2010 AFC Championship Game, it would be only his fourth absence in his six-year career. He hesitated slightly when asked if he would be OK with playing Sunday even if he were unable to practice Friday.
"I don't know," he said. "Would I be comfortable? At that point, I don't think you have a choice. I just have to go by what the doctors say.
" . . . I would try to be out there with a broken leg. I'm sure they know that as well. It's a competitive spirit in me that just wants to go out there and play. If I feel fine, which I do, then we'll go from there."
The Jets, of course, hope to have Revis in there Sunday. "But at the same time, we're not going to panic, either. We have capable backups," defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said of Kyle Wilson, Ellis Lankster and Isaiah Trufant. "They're NFL-caliber players. So again, we're hopeful that he'll go, and if he doesn't, we'll be prepared."