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August 19, 2013 @ 1:39 pm
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To Play Or Not To Play: Revis Status Still Unclear

Written by Gil
Gil Arcia


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Everyone is wondering whether or not Darrelle Revis will play this week against the Dolphins in Miami. On Monday, Greg Schiano, Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis all touched on how Revis practiced and the potential of him playing on Saturday.
Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik created quite a stir when he hinted to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio about the possibility of All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis' availability for the Week 3 preseason game. Well Week 3 has arrived and Revis is still on most people's mind as nearly everyone at One Buc Place was asked about the four-time Pro Bowler, and if he will suit up against Miami.

“I don’t think he would want to play right now. He hasn’t done enough,” head coach Greg Schiano said after practice. “But that’s why these 11 practices are crucial. And he and I, every step of the way, we’ve locked the plan, evaluate it, lock it down again. And he’s right where we want him to be. And today I’m anxious to watch the tape and see how he played. But the goal is to up it little by little. Only with positive feedback afterward. We’re not going to push it. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times. This is a long term relationship. It’s not at all costs to have him play in that first game. But that’s our plan.”

To have Revis ready by Week 1 of the regular season has been the original plan all along. But Schiano added that it's up to Revis and if he wants to play in any one of the final two preseason games.

"You know, if he wants to because he wants to do that, or if he wants to play in the Washington game for that matter, I’m fine with it, but I don’t need to see him do that,” Schiano said. “He actually has a season where he didn’t play in any preseason games for the jets when he was holding out and went and played. What we need to make sure is when we do get him back playing that it’s not full blow right out the gate because he hasn’t trained to do that so we’ll just have to be smart, but I think we’ve handled that well and just continue.

“So much of it is Darrelle's feedback to us. He lets us know how he feels and then we adjust accordingly. I can tell you there’s nobody in the world that wants to play as much as Darrelle Revis, I mean he wants to be out there and everything so we need to continue to get that information and then continue to execute the plan with that information.” 

In the locker room, the media crowded Revis' locker as he was getting ready to speak. And when he did, he touched on the possibility of him playing Saturday. Although the seven-year veteran did not give any direct indication of him playing before the season, he did say it may be a gametime decision.

“It’s day by day and that’s how we have to approach it,” Revis said. “I felt really great today and hopefully, there’s been no swelling, and tomorrow it’s even better than that and progressing up to the game and we’ll see. If I do play, that will be a call on that day. I think that’s the game plan and I think that’s the way I have to do it.”

Revis tore his ACL in a September 23rd game last season against the Miami Dolphins. After officially being place on injured reserve on October 12, his recovery process began. But Revis never throught about playing against the team he tore his ACL against, until today. Much of the focus has been around Week 1 and lining up against his former team, the New York Jets.

“I never thought about that. It’s a great questions. It’s a nightmare you brought up,” Revis said as he chuckled. “You know what, if that’s the case that’s the case. I feel confident in my knee and so I just have to go out there and get my reps, if I do play against Miami.”

Revis' teammates have also rallied around like safety Dashon Goldson. The former San Francisco 49ers safety will be Tampa Bay's last line of defense while backing up Revis over the top in the Bucs defense. On Monday, he too was asked about Revis and how he looked. He talked about how good it was to have him out there practicing but at the same time keeping things in perspective.

“Better than what I thought he'd be, he showed some good things out there,” Goldson said. “It's good to have him out there and his presence on the football field. I think he's still getting better, he still has work to do. We're glad to have him out there.”

Goldson's assessment on Revis needing more work could go hand-in-hand with what the training and coaching staff feel Revis is at in this stage of his rehab. Whether he needs more work or not, the star cornerback is confident, and more confidence continues to build has he continues to put in work to be ready for the regular season.

“I’m confident. It’s day to day but I’m confident,” Revis said. “It’s still weeks’ away, but I’m confident and I still have time for my knee to get better and better, so I think that’s just how we have to approach it.”
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    Some of these comments are horrible . This articles comments are mostly people guessing about their negative thoughts. Is there any real fans here that understand football? I mean i know this article is based on revis mainly , but good lord talk about whats happening now not what you thinks gonna happen . I think as fans of the team and the community of tampa bay we should focus strictly on things that can be fixed. I mean thats what pre-season is all about!! Its about fixing what the squad is doing wrong. OFFENIVE LINE PROBLEMS, We aren't getting sacks due to coaching yet nobody wants to bring up the idea of a new defensive line coach or even a new defensive coordinator in general. I mean adrian clayborn is healthy and and not even he can get a sack?? Its crazy i mean he is a proven qb sacker . He always bull rushes tackles in the league . Why is he not getting sacks ? Well we all know its the stunts , but i mean as a community shouldn't we say something . I know in the tribune they made it the top story! So i mean the defensive coordinator should speak up right?
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    If the coach's says he won't play, THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS-Coach's let's see what the other players have in their tank-GO BUCS
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    Pinkstob, You are incorrect, his holdout was in 2010 when they were on hard knocks. The ACL tear was last year. Here is an article talking about the holdout in 2010 where he missed 36 days. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/darrelle-revis-ends-36-day-holdout-agrees-four-year-46-million-deal-new-york-jets-article-1.438458
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    My mistake, I thought he held out twice. Well, held out once in 2010 then kind of held last year, which is what pissed off the Jets owner.
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    just because Goldson came from Cali doesn't mean we should refer to him as "like safety Dashon Goldson".
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    I just want to point out to Schiano that the same season he is refering to that Revis held out and didn't play in the preseason is the same one he tore his ACL. The same for MJD last year. He held out, didn't play in the preseason, came back then got hurt. Now if Revis is too hurt to play (like A. Peterson last year) then fine, let him rest. If he can play then he must play, the same as everybody else.
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    I miss the days when those playing corner in Tampa were ignored by the mass media. This is a grand story about nothing - if he starts playing in week 1, 2, 6 or 8 - does it really matter? As with most seasons, this one is about how our QB performs, not some overpaid corner who the opposition can avoid if they so choose. I'd rather have the media attention for winning ball games...
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    Gil, you brought nothing to the table here either; not your fault because no one is saying anything. So Mr. Revis at your convenience, will you try to play sometime in 2013 and earn that one million per game. Right now Mr. Revis, I think you are playing us. Do you really want to be here? I have yet to hear from your mouth talk like you are part of this team.
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    So we have Nix who will be trying to play through a permanent injury to his toe, and now it sounds like Revis still needs after this time for his achilles to get better and better but he's confident, but no one is saying for sure he will play this Preseason Game or even the next. I remember that Jon Gruden also took the ultra cautious route during Preseason, with the result that the first game of the season was regularly lost, and they even had a first game loss the year he won the Super Bowl. If history repeats itself, we could well lose the Jets game, too, and throwing in the wounded Pro Bowlers then, without the proper prior reps in practice could result in a higher likelihood of injury, and could disrupt the timing of the Buc Players who are used to playing without them. I hope the game day decision this Saturday will be to put Revis and Nix out there to play with their teammates and get their timing and communications down, so we know we can count on them when the season starts. Look at New England, they put Brady in the last game for awhile even though he could have been hurt, and he had had a mild injury during practice. They knew the value of taking that risk was worth it. Shiano should learn from his Buddy.
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