On Monday, cornerback Darrelle Revis will return to the Jets. Though he’d prefer to continue to rehab his new ACL on his own, the Jets stubbornly won’t deem what he would have been doing in Arizona as the equivalent of what he will be doing in New Jersey.
It’s just the latest dispute between two parties who seem to be increasingly destined for a divorce, if not in the next two weeks then definitely in the next 11 months.
There’s another beef between team and player that previously hadn’t gotten much notice. According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, the Jets were upset that Revis used the Giants orthopedist, Dr. Russell Warren, to perform the surgery on Darrelle’s torn ACL.
Per Cimini, the Jets “expressed their disappointment . . . and they haven’t let it go.” The issue has, in turn, “chafed” Revis.
It should chafe Revis. Revis is the one who was having his knee cut open. Revis is the one whose future career hinges on a successful surgery. Revis needed to be as comfortable as possible with the surgery, and in turn with the surgeon.
We wonder whether the Jets would have been upset if Revis had chosen Dr. James Andrews, or any surgeon other than the one who is on the payroll of the Giants. This could be another example of the chip the Jets have on their collective shoulders regarding the team with which they share a stadium — but which won’t be sharing either of its two recent Super Bowl trophies.
And if the Jets don’t trade Revis, it’ll be fitting if he chooses to sign as a free agent with the Giants. That would possibly be an even worse outcome for the Jets than Revis picking the Patriots.