FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets are taking on Odell Beckham Jr. without Darrelle Revis.
Coach Todd Bowles announced Friday that the star cornerback is officially listed as out for the game Sunday because of a concussion.
Revis attended meetings Friday for the first time since being injured at Houston on Nov. 22 before being sent home for the day. He has not practiced or played since suffering the concussion as he continues to go through the NFL’s protocol for head injuries.
“He sat in on meetings,” Bowles said. “It’s a step forward. I don’t know how much, but it is a step forward.”
Marcus Williams, Revis’ backup, is doubtful with a sprained left knee. Bowles had said Thursday that Williams would likely be a game-time decision, but says Friday that he’s skeptical the cornerback will be able to play.
The Jets could use a combination of Buster Skrine, Darrin Walls, Dexter McDougle and Dee Milliner in Revis’ spot. Antonio Cromartie could draw the assignment of covering Beckham, although Bowles wouldn’t give away the team’s game plan.
“If Marcus can’t go, they’re interchangeable,” Bowles said of the other defensive backs. “We practice everybody there, anyway.”
Revis’ availability for next week’s game against Tennessee also remains uncertain.
“It all depends on how he’s coming along,” Bowles said. “Hopefully, he feels better next week. but it’s too early to tell.”
Williams was injured last Sunday against Miami on an interception return in the first quarter after starting in Revis’ place. He has a team-leading five INTs as a versatile backup who has started at both safety and cornerback this season.
The challenge for Bowles and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers will be drawing up a game plan to defend the playmaking Beckham, who has 72 catches for 1,005 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
“He’s a challenge even if we had them,” Bowles said of not having Revis and likely Williams. “Great players like that always challenge your game plan-wise. Luckily for our guys that backup, we’re fortunate that all those guys have played in games.”
Skrine, the Jets’ primary nickel corner, has started 42 games during his five-year career and has 44 total tackles this season. Walls has had limited action this year, but started 12 games last season for the Jets.
McDougle missed his rookie season last year with a knee injury, but has played in every game this season except the opener. Milliner, the team’s top pick in 2013, is still working his way back into the lineup after starting the season on short-term injured reserve because of a wrist injury.
“They’re not coming in raw,” Bowles said of the group. “They have some experience.”