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Rex: "It's going to be on my shoulders"

Rex Ryan isn't taking any more chances when it comes to a player's health.

After having a chance to watch the footage of Monday's win over the Vikings, Ryan noticed Darrelle Revis wasn't playing like his normal All-Pro self near the end of their victory, something he said he didn't notice during the actual game.

Ryan allowed Revis to make the final call on whether he'd play, figuring it was a prudent thing to do since Revis was the one who truly knew how his left hamstring felt. That won't be the case this week.

"It's going to be put on my shoulders," Ryan said today. "This is the way I like it. I'm usually more comfortable this way anyway. He is such a competitor, that quite honestly, he is going to play. He doesn't want to let the teammates down, this organization down."

Revis said after the game he experienced some swelling and soreness and wasn't sure if he'd be able to play against the Broncos on Sunday. He didn't actually practice today, doing just individual work on the side. But it's not because he didn't want to. The staff held him out.

He said he felt much better today and the swelling had gone down, but indicated it might be best if he did sit out this week.

"We're going into a bye, we're 4-1 right now," he said, "you can rest me, you can rest me and take this thing into the bye and then come back fresh for Green Bay." 

He added: "The smartest thing is to let this thing rest and let it heal right." 

So how will Ryan come to the decision on whether his Pro Bowl cornerback plays or stays -- as in back home while everyone else makes the trip out West?

"What I'm going to do is take all the information and see it with my own two eyes, talk to D.T. (Dennis Thurman), talk to our trainers and doctors who I've got 100 percent confidence in, talk to Darrelle, and watch, see how it goes. And then we'll make that decision based on the best interests of this team and of Darrelle. And I feel better about that."  

"Really," he added, "any player moving forward, I'm going to try to take that responsibility on more. So do I have all the answers? Absolutely not. Will this change? Maybe. But I think this is best thing for us, you know, going forward, I think it will be the best thing for us."

But don't expect Ryan to play the old mind games that some NFL coaches (cough, Bill Belichick, cough; cough, Eric Mangini, cough) do. He's not going to play the will he or won't game the rest of the week.

"I'm not a guy that holds information," Ryan said. "To get a competitive edge -- he's not out there play one, that's a huge edge. But that's the life we live I guess. Some people do it their way. Some people don't."

When the laughter died down, Ryan continued.

"Quite honestly, if he's going to be out there, go for it," he said. "I don't really need to play the politics of that. But if I see something where clearly he's not ready to go, and maybe we have an advantage of just letting him go into treatment and all that stuff, we'll do that. Just like we have two previous weeks or whatever leading up to it, we made that decision like that, that he wasn't going to be active, and we made that decision."

As to why the sudden change in approach, Ryan basically said he knows the bucks stops with him since he's the head coach and he has to make all the tough choices, not leave it up to the athlete because they'll say they can go every time.

"It probably isn't real fair to put it in their hand," Ryan said. "You know, I've made a ton of mistakes before, and this may be another one. It's not like it was a mistake to play him. ... It's just the way that every other decision, a football decision, is made by me OK, with a lot of opinions and other things. I don't do anything individually, but I collect all the facts and then I make the decision.  

"And why wouldn't I make this decision? Obviously I'm going to lean heavily on [trainer] John Melody and our doctors and our medical staff and that's the way we are going to do it."


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