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Revis misses portions of practice due to stiff back

Darrelle Revis works out during the first day

Darrelle Revis works out during the first day of Jets training camp at SUNY Cortland. (July 27, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

CORTLAND – Darrelle Revis was forced to sit out a few individual and team drills Tuesday due to stiffness in his lower back.

Revis warmed up with the team at the start of Tuesday’s practice, before making his way over to the defensive backs position-drill area. Within minutes, however, the Jets star cornerback was nowhere to be found. He later appeared on the field, rejoining the secondary for drills.

But soon after, Revis walked toward a trainer on the sideline and touched his lower back. He then laid down on the grass and got stretched under the careful watch of head trainer John Mellody.

The All Pro cornerback – who was had to sit out of team drills earlier in camp due to hamstring tightness – participated in team drills, but took a few reps off.

“At the beginning of practice, he had to go back (inside),” head coach Rex Ryan explained. “He had some stiffness (in his lower back). I’m not going to get into specifics. That happened earlier in camp as well. We tried to hold him back some but, he’s a guy that you have to get in there and warm him up. Some guys are different. We don’t want him to have the setbacks that he’s had in a couple of other preseasons where he’s actually pulled a hamstring.

“We don’t need for Darrelle to be set back two or three weeks when we can get him to fight through some things and that’s what we did.”

Ryan said Revis and linebacker Bart Scott couldn’t finish the gassers with the team, so the pair finished them at the end of practice, at their own pace.

Bilal Powell keeps turning heads. The second-year running back is “a guy that continues to impress,” Ryan said. “He made some great jump cuts, he did some different things and he has really been impressive to me.

Ryan and his players have repeatedly said Powell looks like “a different person” this season. But the head coach isn’t ready just yet to move Powell ahead of Joe McKnight on the depth chart. “We’ll see what happens in these preseason games to declare roles for guys,” Ryan said. “But clearly he’s been impressive.”

David Harris intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass during red-zone drills. Prior to that though, Sanchez hit rookie running back Terrance Ganaway for a red-zone TD. … Aaron Maybin and Scott each “sacked” Sanchez.

C Nick Mangold, who watched his younger sister Holley compete in the London Olympics this weekend, rejoined the team but missed his second straight practice. …WR Jeremy Kerley (hamstring), RT Wayne Hunter (back) and S LaRon Landry didn’t practice, while NT Sione Pouha (forehead) was held out of team drills.

OL Dennis Landolt, who was carted off the field, suffered a subluxed (or dislocated) knee, according to Ryan. The coach speculated Landolt could be out somewhere in the three-week range.

Ryan said he “totally” disagrees with Boomer Esiason’s assessment that the Jets should cut Tim Tebow.

“Hey, you know what? Boomer’s got the right to his opinion,” said Ryan. “I totally disagree with it. I think Tim is an excellent football player. He’s great for our team and the reason I say that is he’s a tremendous teammate for the entire football team. I think it’s a plus that Tim Tebow is on this football team.”

A day after waiving wide receivers Scotty McKnight and DaMarcus Ganaway, the Jets released wideout Chris Forcier and signed WRs Stanley Arukewe (Troy) and Joseph Collins (Weber State). 

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