Darrelle Revis thought it was just a headache. But when he started to feel “strange,” he knew it was more. Turned out, the New York Jets’ superstar defensive back had suffered what the team called a ”mild concussion” last Sunday.
”It’s been a fog, like being in a fog,” Revis said about his injury for the first time. ”I’ve never had a concussion, so this is something you’ve got to get guidance from the training staff and the doctors.”
Revis was injured Sunday in the season opener against Buffalo when he made a diving attempt to tackle the Bills’ C.J. Spiller and then teammate Bart Scott accidentally kicked him in the head.
”I knew he did it,” a smiling Revis said, adding that he hasn’t given him any grief. ”Bart plays aggressive, he plays reckless and of the 10 guys on that field, I knew it was Bart. And when I asked, everybody said it was Bart.”
The Jets will make a decision on Revis’ availability before the team travels to Pittsburgh on Saturday for their game Sunday against the Steelers.
”I feel good,” he said. ”I feel pretty good. I feel like I could play this week, but there are some other procedures we need to do and guidelines we have to follow.”
Revis has been able to run and lift weights, and attend meetings all week. He added that the foggy feeling he experienced earlier in the week has dissipated, and he hasn’t had any sensitivity to light – a common side effect of concussions.
”It’s cool,” he said before laughing. ”I know who you are.”
Revis spent practice Wednesday and Thursday on the exercise bike on the sideline. He has been cleared for physical activity, but not contact. The team will monitor Revis the rest of the week, and if he isn’t cleared by Saturday, he won’t fly to Pittsburgh with the team.
”If he’s not 100 percent, then Darrelle won’t play,” Ryan said. ”It’s as simple as that.”