Darrelle Revis: Jets Confirm Torn ACL for Star CB

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 24, 2012

Sept 23, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA;  New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) is  attended to after being injured in the second half in a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Jets' worst fears have been confirmed, as head coach Rex Ryan announced on Monday that All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis has a torn ACL that will require surgery. 

#RL Jets HC Rex Ryan has just announced that CB Darrelle Revis has an ACL tear and will require surgery.

— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 24, 2012

Revis injured his ACL in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. He began favoring his knee during a play when he was in pursuit of Miami running back Daniel Thomas. Then, he jumped over a Dolphins player trying to avoid getting rolled over, landed and clutched his knee. 

After the game was over, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the team was afraid it was an ACL injury that would cost Revis the rest of the season. 

Jets fearing a possible ACL injury for Darrelle Revis. Doesn't look good but will not know extent until more test done back in New York.

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 23, 2012

Sadly, the initial report was correct, and the Jets will have to make do without their best player. 

The Jets boast a 2-1 record right now, but based on the way they played against Miami this week and Pittsburgh the previous week, they are bound to come back to earth in a hurry. It also doesn't help that three of their next four games are against San Francisco, Houston and New England

Losing Revis is a crushing blow that could destroy everything else on the defense. He is so important to what the team wants to do on that side of the ball that everyone else will have to play at the top of their game every week to offset this loss. 

No cornerback in the NFL changes games the way Revis does. The moniker of "Revis Island" isn't some cheap gimmick that was created just to sell T-shirts; opposing quarterbacks won't test him because he is so good in coverage. 

Times are tough in New York right now, and the news about Revis is certainly not going to make things any better.