Redskins coach Mike Shanahan isn’t quite ready to say that Robert Griffin III will start at quarterback in the season opener, but there’s no such hesitation in Tampa when it comes to cornerback Darrelle Revis’ return from his own torn ACL.
On Friday, coach Greg Schiano confirmed that Revis will be starting against the Jets in the first week of the regular season unless he were to experience a setback with his knee or some other injury that left him unable to take the field. You can’t rule either of those things out for Revis, but, then, you can’t rule out an injury to any player between now and September 8 so that pretty much leaves the corner in the same boat as everyone else in the league.
Revis didn’t play in any of the Buccaneers’ four preseason games, so the contest against the Jets will be the first one that Revis has played for any team other than the Jets as a professional. We still don’t know which quarterback will be starting for the Jets, but it’s a good bet that the Jets’ game plan won’t be built around throwing at Revis regardless of who is doing the throwing.
Assuming Revis is on the field a week from Sunday, it will qualify as about as perfect a recovery from the torn ACL as he could have hoped for when he went down early last season. And if his play hasn’t been impacted too severely, it will be a pretty close to perfect acquisition by the Buccaneers as well.