Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis hasn’t talked since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on Sept. 23.
But he hasn’t lost any confidence in that time.
Revis said Monday he was certain he’d be back to his old level after his surgery.
“I like that question… yes,” Revis said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “If everything goes right and I do everything right with this procedure and this process for the next four to six months, yeah, . . .
“I’m a confident player. I never had an injury like this. This is all new for me as well. But, yeah, I’m a hard worker. I know I’m going to work my butt off and get back to where I need to be.”
Of course, the bigger question, which he can’t answer with any certainty today, is how the injury will impact his quest for a new contract.
He has two years left on the front-loaded “Band-aid” contract, which are worth just $13.5 million combined. He thought about holding out this summer but didn’t, and now he knows he’ll have to prove himself well to get paid.
“Every year you got to come in here and prove yourself if it’s an injury or if it’s not,” Revis said. “But I’m sure it might raise people’s eyebrows [as far as how] I’m going to look when I come back. So, I’m okay with that. I wouldn’t expect anything less. I just know what I’m going to do. I know I work hard.
“I’ll just come back and treat it like any other offseason.”
Of course, given the up-and-down course of the contract history with Revis and the Jets, if it lacks drama, it will be unlike the rest of them.