If there’s a more misleading and potentially dangerous term than “mild concussion” I’m not sure what it is.
Shortly after Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis suffered one last week, people close to him said he’d be fine. And when you attach a modifier like “mild” to a medical condition, people assume it’s not that big a deal.
But Revis said Thursday he was still “in a fog,” and hadn’t passed the tests he needed to play Sunday in Pittsburgh.
He said yesterday he felt “pretty good,” and wanted to play, but acknowledged it wasn’t his decision.
“It’s not my call. It’s the doctors’ call,” Revis said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “Whatever they say goes. I would try to be out there with a broken leg. They know that. It’s a competitive spirit in me that just wants to go out there and play. If I feel fine, which I do, then we’ll go from there.”
Revis can’t return until he’s cleared by a team doctor and an independent neurologist. Jets coach Rex Ryan seems to have gotten the memo, saying he’ll lean on the word of doctors.
“If he’s not 100%, then Darrelle won’t play,” Ryan said Thursday. “It’s as simple as that.”
The Jets won’t even take him along unless he’s cleared in advance of their Saturday flight, which is the right thing to do.
Because even a “mild concussion” is still a concussion.