Cleared for contact 11 days after suffering a concussion, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was unequivocal regarding whether he’ll suit up for his team’s Week Three game against the Dolphins.
“I’m playing Sunday,” Revis said.
Asked how confident he is, Revis said it again: “I’m playing.”
But does he have to take any more tests? “No, I got cleared, so I’ll be playing.”
Um, we think he’s playing.
But here’s the bigger question, as given away by the headline. Should he play?
The Jets don’t necessarily need him, given the quality of the Miami receiving corps. So is it worth risking Revis getting another concussion and possibly having a Sidney Crosby one-two combination that knocks him out even longer?
I’d be tempted to keep him on ice, in anticipation of back-to-back visits from the best two teams in the NFL: the 49ers and Texans.
Then again, my kid had a concussion 12 days ago and he’s been cleared and he repeatedly says he’s playing Saturday night and even though I won’t sleep well the next two nights worrying about him, it’ll be impossible to keep him off the field.
In the end, football players play football. As long as they’re medically cleared to go, that’s what they do.