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According to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New York Jets have placed cornerback Darrelle Revis on injured reserve with a torn left ACL and have signed strong safety Antonio Allen from the practice squad.
The defensive back's season officially ended once he was scheduled to have surgery to repair his torn ACL. The surgery will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18. The Jets held out hope of a late playoffs return for Revis, but the scheduled surgery and IR placement officially ends that dream.
Revis tore his ACL in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins, a game the Jets won. The Jets have lost the two games that followed and are now 2-3 on the season, tied for second place in the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.
Revis recorded 11 tackles and one interception this season before he was hurt.
Allen is a 2012 seventh-round draft pick out of South Carolina.
New York initially waited to place him on IR, on the off-chance that Revis could return during the playoffs (or the Super Bowl). But now the defensive back's season is officially over. The injury occurred during a Week 3 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The next day, it was announced that Revis would likely miss the remainder of the season.
Revis has been a crucial part of the Jets secondary since joining the team in 2007. There is probably no player more important to the New York defense. His ability to match up one-on-one against top wide receivers has been instrumental to the Jets' defensive success. He has 19 career interceptions and has been to the Pro Bowl in each of the last four seasons.
Why not? Because the Jets could still make it to the Super Bowl, and there's a very remote possibility Revis could be healthy by then.
The Jets will wait for Revis to have surgery – still a week or two away – and reassess the corner then. Said Ryan via the New York Daily News:
"Obviously, we're not going to put him out there if he's at risk. Let's just put it this way: if you're fortunate enough to make it to that big game and he's fortunate enough to be healthy, I know our fans would want him playing just like I would want him playing."
Still, Revis recovering from an ACL tear in roughly four months plus a Jets trip to the Super Bowl seems like a pretty unlikely set of circumstances.
In an interview on the Michael Kaye Show on ESPN Radio New York, Ryan discussed at length how monumental the injury to Revis is for the team, even going so far to say that it is the worst thing that could have happened this year. Ryan explained that Revis cannot be replaced by one player and the team will need to compensate for his loss collectively.
"When you take a guy that is clearly the premiere corner in this league and you take him away from your football team, you got to do things differently [...] You can't put it on one guy to replace a Darrelle Revis. Kyle Wilson is not going to be able to replace Darrelle Revis, but we have to find a way to get it done and we have to do it collectively."
SB Nation's Gang Green Nation says losing Revis is "losing the ability to lock down half the field."
There is no substitute for what he brings to the Jets. The Jets have one of the best cornerback tandems in the NFL but the drop from Revis/Cromartie to Cromartie/Wilson is very significant. It also means that players like Trufant and Lankster will have to step up. The blue side of New York may be experts at 'next guy up' but I haven't seen that from the Jets.
I can't explain how important Revis is. He allows the defense to blitz more and he allows us to roll coverage to the other side. Without him, the pass defense will take a big hit and I hate putting too much emphasis on one player but losing Revis is like having your right leg cut off. I can't think of a more valuable player to lose or a harder player to replace.
Gang Green Nation is right. This is perhaps the most devastating non-quarterback injury in the league so far this year, and likely the rest of the year.
The New York Jets' worst fears have been realized: Darrelle Revis is out for the season after tearing his ACL. If there is one defensive player who means more to his team than Revis does to the Jets I don't know who that is. This is an absolutely crushing blow to a team that couldn't afford to lose their best defensive player.
Outside of quarterbacks, you can make the argument that Revis is the most important player to any team. The ability to send an opponent's top receiver to Revis Island and not think about it for the rest of the game was such a luxury to the Jets.
Letting Revis play the opposing receiver one-on-one allowed Rex Ryan to play a different kind of defense than he otherwise would. This lets allowed the Jets to bring a safety up in the box to help with run support. It allows them to send an extra man to pressure the quarterback. It lets the defense send extra secondary help to the other side of the field.
Revis is the glue that makes it all stick. That's why this is a devastating blow to the team.
You can't help but change your outlook on the Jets season after this injury.
Revis sustained the injury in the third quarter of Sunday's 23-20 overtime victory against the Miami Dolphins. He was untouched on the play, fell to the turf clutching his knee and required a cart to be removed from the field.
The loss is an enormous blow to the Jets' defense.
"That's the horrible thing that came out of the game." -- Rex on Revis injury #nyj— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) September 24, 2012
Sunday's game was Revis' first since suffering a concussion in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills when teammate Bart Scott accidentally kicked him in the head while pursuing Bills running back C.J. Spiller.
The New York Jets are fearing the worst for their All-Pro cornerback. After watching him get carted off the field with a knee injury during Sunday's 23-20 win against division rival Miami, the Jets are concerned that Darrelle Revis suffered a tear of his anterior cruciate ligament, which would end his season. Without Revis, the Jets relied on cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson to stop the Dolphins' passing game, and the two didn't do a spectacular job, allowing penalties and big plays throughout the second half.
Revis has been among the best, if not the best, corners in the game for the past four years. He's made four straight Pro Bowls, been named to three straight All-Pro teams, was named AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and led the conference in interception return yards last year. In the NFL's annual player rankings this offseason, Revis was named the No. 5 player in the league.
Darrelle Revis left a close Jets game on Sunday with an apparent serious knee injury.