Jets’ Revis cleared, says ‘I’m playing’ at Miami

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Darrelle Revis is back in action for the New York Jets.

The All-Pro cornerback was cleared Thursday for contact in practice for the first time since suffering a concussion in the team’s season opener. And, as far as Revis is concerned, there’s no doubt whether he’ll be on the field against the Dolphins in Miami.

“I’m playing,” Revis said after practice. “The doctors cleared me, so I’ll be playing Sunday.”

He has no more restrictions, and just to show how ready he is, Revis jokingly added: “I can bang my head on a wall if I want to.”

Coach Rex Ryan was also optimistic about Revis‘ chances of playing Sunday, but said before practice that he’ll lean on the team’s doctors before saying the cornerback will definitely be on the field in Miami.

“If it’s not the final hurdle, I don’t want to be saying something that isn’t true,” Ryan said. “Hopefully he’ll play, but I guess we’ll see.”

Revis practiced fully Thursday after passing all required tests. He needed to be cleared by the team physician and an independent neurologist to participate in contact drills. Revis was injured Sept. 9 against Buffalo when he was accidentally kicked in the head by teammate Bart Scott while attempting a tackle.

The cornerback said he didn’t need to be re-evaluated after practice anymore since he was cleared medically, so barring a setback, Revis will be back in the Jets‘ secondary on Sunday.

“I think you feel good when you have the best player on the field,” Ryan said. “That can’t hurt you. … There’s only one Darrelle Revis. I know I feel great about it. It’s hard not to smile if he’s out there. You feel great as a playcaller.”

And it comes at a good time for the Jets (1-1), who take on the AFC East-rival Dolphins (1-1) in a game with some early importance.

“This is a must-win for us,” Revis said. “We need this win. The expectations are high for us to go down there and get a win Sunday.”

Revis didn’t travel with the Steelers for the game in Pittsburgh after not being cleared for contact late last week. He said he felt as though he were in “a fog” right after he was injured, but progressively felt better.

“Today, it felt good,” Revis said. “I actually got a couple jams in on press (coverage) and got physical with some guys. Contact actually felt good today, hitting guys and guys were hitting me back.”

Revis added that he felt pretty good Wednesday, too, and told the trainers that he didn’t want to wear the red non-contact jersey in practice.

His presence will be a big boost to the Jets‘ defense, which received solid play from Kyle Wilson in his place, but Revis is considered by many to be the best player in the league at his position.

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