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MRI shows Revis is “ahead of schedule”

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There are two truths regarding pro athletes who require surgery:  (1) the procedure is always a success; and (2) the rehab is always ahead of schedule.

Until, of course, either one isn’t.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, an MRI conducted on the surgically-repaired knee of cornerback Darrelle Revis reveals that he is “ahead of schedule” in his efforts to recover from a torn ACL suffered in September — nearly seven months ago.  He has now been cleared to run, without restriction.

As Sal Paolantonio of ESPN surmised on the air, the information likely came from the Revis camp, to help push forward sputtering trade talks that could result in Revis getting the long-term deal he covets.

Still, trading for Revis carries a risk, whether his destination is Tampa or some other city that emerges as the process lags.  As former Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth told PFT Live in the days before Super Bowl XLVII, the potential issue with a new ACL isn’t running in a straight line by cutting and changing directions.

MRI images that show a healing knee doesn’t mean Revis will be the same on a football field.  We’ll only know if he’s the same on the football field when he gets there.

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41 Responses to “MRI shows Revis is “ahead of schedule””
  1. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 15, 2013 1:43 PM

    He’s ahead of schedule? Sounds like someone’s contract demends just went up.

  2. wrenches2pipes says: Apr 15, 2013 1:44 PM

    With this great news the Bucs have to make the deal as soon as possible.

  3. nyjallfingday says: Apr 15, 2013 1:44 PM

    This is why I laugh at anyone who think Idzik is mismanaging this. Every day Revis gets healthier and thus every day the price goes up, and the Bucs have already spent the past month bidding against themselves. Idzik must be one hell of a poker player.

  4. melkipershero says: Apr 15, 2013 1:49 PM

    the power of HGH. Not bad mouthing it because I actually love it. If these guys want to be pumped full of PEDs it’s much more fun to watch.

  5. ozymandias121 says: Apr 15, 2013 1:52 PM

    I sprained my ankle playing slow pitch softball. Where could I get some HGH to speed up my healing process?

  6. ravenatorlikesboysbeeholez says: Apr 15, 2013 1:52 PM

    With the way this injury looked he should have been back on the field after a game or two. The NFL is always sunnier on Revis island. I hope his recovery truly is advancing quickly.

  7. cobrala2 says: Apr 15, 2013 1:52 PM

    Depending on the type of graft they used, 7 months post-tear is nothing short of way BEHIND schedule to have full clearance to run.

  8. larry321 says: Apr 15, 2013 1:53 PM

    Thanks Dr. Cimini for the update.

  9. toybkshr says: Apr 15, 2013 1:53 PM

    I don’t think Idzik is as good a poker player as the Buccs are an inept franchise! They overspent in 2012 Free Agency & it got them nuthin, now thy’re gonna do it all over again. The rest of the NFC south must be lovin this.

  10. rpiotr01 says: Apr 15, 2013 1:54 PM

    According to doctors employed by Revis, the latest MRI shows that he is “ready to kick ass, take names, and regain DMVP form!”

  11. ditkabutkus says: Apr 15, 2013 1:56 PM

    Like Florio said, no one knows how Revis’ knee will respond until he’s on the field in a live game. TB would be foolish to give up all those picks plus a new contract.

    This could be another shibacle for the Jets.

  12. ItIsWhatitis says: Apr 15, 2013 1:58 PM

    In fairness to Rodney Harrisson, all players coming back from injury ought to be tested for HGH, particularly those that are “ahead of schedule.”

  13. toybkshr says: Apr 15, 2013 1:58 PM

    When’s the last time a player recovering from ACL surgery wasn’t ahead of schedule?

  14. musicman495 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:02 PM

    You know, in Lake Wobegon, all the children are above average. The NFL is sort of like that – every injured player’s rehab is ahead of schedule.

  15. ampats says: Apr 15, 2013 2:02 PM

    Lots of Jets news on PFT today. Just fast forward one year and PFT will be reporting on who the Jets will take with the first pick in the 2014 draft.

    Happy Patriots Day !

  16. miamiron says: Apr 15, 2013 2:04 PM

    There are two truths regarding pro athletes who require surgery: (1) the procedure is always a success; and (2) the rehab is always ahead of schedule.

    Gronkowski might disagree with you Florio

  17. jeagan1999 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:07 PM

    Idzik and the Jets are clueless. What if the news had not been good? What if the Bucs offer an ultimatum…take it or leave it? What if the Bucs trade up into the top 3 or 4 to get Milliner or Rhodes for far less than what Idzik is demanding? Let’s face it, 3 picks for a 27 year old CB who wants $14 million a year and is coming off major knee surgery is a steal…and yet still the Jets want to try to get more! The Bucs are not THAT hungry to get a CB, especially not with the draft 10 days away, and several good-young-less expensive-healthy CB’s at the top of the draft board. We know the Jets are not going to re-sign Revis to a long term deal, and no one besides Tampa has shown any interest in paying Revis what he thinks he’s worth, or giving up anything to the Jets to get him. Idzik is way out of his league on this!

  18. justintuckrule says: Apr 15, 2013 2:12 PM

    Woody is only delaying the trade to keep that awful franchise in the news. Once Revis is gone, the Jets go back to being the second story in NY football.

  19. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 15, 2013 2:15 PM

    nyjallfingday says: Apr 15, 2013 1:44 PM

    This is why I laugh at anyone who think Idzik is mismanaging this. Every day Revis gets healthier and thus every day the price goes up, and the Bucs have already spent the past month bidding against themselves. Idzik must be one hell of a poker player.
    —————————————————————
    Riiiight. The price will keep going up. By the end of the month I guess the Jets will want all your 1st round picks for the next 10 years and Mevis will need 60mil a year just to suit up.

  20. mec693 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:17 PM

    Darrelle Revis will be a Jet next season.. you could best believe dat

  21. reasonableeaglefan says: Apr 15, 2013 2:20 PM

    I’ve worked alongside orthopedic surgeons for the past 5 years. I’m pretty sure these guys are taught in school to proclaim the surgery a success on the day of surgery, regardless of findings or complications. Also, it would be very difficult to see “healing ” on a MRI at this time, and just about every ACL is cleared to run by this point, even high school kids.

  22. dogman9 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:25 PM

    Pricetag on Revis just keeps going higher everyday…

    When will the hapless Bucs step up? Lord knows they are run by idiots I mean now the Jets actually believe that they have the upper hand in this negotiation, and by the way the Bucs front office is acting, the Jets are correct!

  23. Andrew Bailey says: Apr 15, 2013 2:26 PM

    Ahead of schedule?! Well golly. Teams should be backing up to the Jets’ headquarters and unloading first round picks any minute now.

  24. crubenst says: Apr 15, 2013 2:27 PM

    except for the fact that an MRI is useless to determine how far along someone is after ACL surgery unless there is another issue going on.

  25. nyjallfingday says: Apr 15, 2013 2:32 PM

    @majormeatcurtians

    A healthy Revis is worth at least 2 first rounders, he was easily on track to Canton and he makes every single player on any given defense better at his position, deal with it. The Bucs were willing to offer a 1st, 3rd and 5th before this news, why would the price NOT be raised? They might not be the only team in it anymore.

  26. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Apr 15, 2013 2:42 PM

    ItIsWhatitis says:
    Apr 15, 2013 1:58 PM
    In fairness to Rodney Harrisson, all players coming back from injury ought to be tested for HGH, particularly those that are “ahead of schedule.”

    —————

    Given the nature of professional sports injury recovery is the only time HGH use should be leveraged as a healing accelerator & legally permitted. Once recovered the juice is off limits again.

  27. melkipershero says: Apr 15, 2013 2:44 PM

    A healthy Revis is worth at least 2 first rounders, he was easily on track to Canton and he makes every single player on any given defense better at his position, deal with it. The Bucs were willing to offer a 1st, 3rd and 5th before this news, why would the price NOT be raised? They might not be the only team in it anymore.

    If the Jets aren’t happy with this package then keep him and let him walk. No one will top that deal.

  28. jtp81391 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:45 PM

    Funny how jets fans on here are making comments saying the bucs are a inept franchise and how are spending last season didn’t help well if you knew anything you could recognize the difference in the 2012 bucs from the 2011 bucs clearly you judgemental jets fans only look at records when you should be watching tape lastly I don’t think any jets fans have any reason to talk crap on tampa clearly we are a team on the rise with young stars while the jets are easily the laughing stock of the league

  29. jeagan1999 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:52 PM

    The Jets have little “leverage” at all. The owner has already said he is not going to re-sign Revis to another long term, big money deal, he is an unresctricted FA as soon as this season ends and the Bucs are the only team that has shown any interest in trading for him, or offering the kind of money that Revis would want…where is the leverage? If the Bucs don’t get Revis for what they are willing to give in return, there are several good, young, healthy and relatively inexpensive CB’s available in the draft 10 days from now! If you were a poker player, which hand would you rather hold the Jets or the Bucs?

  30. wrenches2pipes says: Apr 15, 2013 3:00 PM

    Ampats Another great dig at the Jets. “Patriots Day.”Is that a National Holiday? Do we get the day off?

  31. spedman24 says: Apr 15, 2013 3:06 PM

    Can’t over-emphasize how well the Jets have played this. And if you yoyo’s believe that the Bucs are the only team involved you haven’t been paying attention.

  32. freemanmvp says: Apr 15, 2013 3:25 PM

    This is why I laugh at anyone who think Idzik is mismanaging this. Every day Revis gets healthier and thus every day the price goes up, and the Bucs have already spent the past month bidding against themselves. Idzik must be one hell of a poker player.

    This is why us Buc Fans laugh at Jets Fans like you because you have no clue if we have been bidding against ourselves.The media is dying for any big story to talk about so they print any little thing they supposedly heard.The Bucs still have all the leverage.We don’t have to have Revis but the Jets have to 1)keep him and sign to new contract(yeah right,they blew that already and they cant afford him)2) keep him for one year and get a late 3rd rd compensatory pick or 3) trade him to the only team that can afford him…the Bucs.You have no leaverage period!
    And Idzik is about to screw that up.Dom is no idiot.I bet we trade for Revis after the draft since idzik dragged his feet too long.and Jets get less picks than all the pundits are saying.

  33. jtp81391 says: Apr 15, 2013 3:28 PM

    Don’t see why tampa didn’t sign grimes draft rhodes and another 3rd or 4th rd corner then you’d still have ronde in the nickel along with goldson and barron that would sound like a decent secondary too me tired of jets playing games it’d be nice too see this explode back in there face

  34. ampats says: Apr 15, 2013 3:38 PM

    wrenches2pipes asks,

    Patriots Day . Is that a National holiday? Do we get the day off?

    Yes, you do if you work in Boston.

  35. wrenches2pipes says: Apr 15, 2013 4:10 PM

    ampats, Oh, you mean the phony paid holiday that the only people who get it off are state workers on a long weekend in a certain section of Massachusetts? That one? “Patriots Day” cheating again.

  36. dynaco says: Apr 15, 2013 4:28 PM

    Festivus day in Baston?

  37. bunjy96 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:47 PM

    Didn’t the Jets pay him 3 mil today because of his contract?

    Can’t figure out which of these 2 teams is the most stupid.

    For now, my vote goes to the Bucs.

    Why are they still in this bidding process-against themselves?

  38. rajbais says: Apr 15, 2013 7:07 PM

    Foxworth is a bad counter example.

    He was hurt in 2010 and couldn’t rehab enough while working with the NFLPA in lockout negotiations as a board member in 2011.

    If it takes up to one full year to be your true self you cannot delay your rehab.

    Foxworth’s efforts with the NFLPA were commendable, but he paid a price for it sadly.

    If you want a better one use someone who was at least elite.

  39. FeedtheOldtotheYoung says: Apr 15, 2013 7:21 PM

    That MRI was just a PR move by the Revis camp.

    Under normal circumstances, the ONLY reason to undergo an MRI 7 months after the surgery is because the patient is having pain or instability.

  40. cmdrsmooth says: Apr 15, 2013 8:41 PM

    Look at all the drama Iszik is causing by “forcing” poor Revis to cancel his vacation in Paris to be with his teammates.

    Now the world knows Revis is ahead of schedule. Now what? jets are going to force him to pretend he is a team player? I can’t take the drama, please fire Iszki today for the fan hardship.

  41. ickky says: Apr 15, 2013 10:14 PM

    Buyers beware. He’s no Adrian Peterson

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