Tight hamstring limits Darrelle Revis

Updated: September 17, 2010, 9:33 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan paused and cleared his throat, trying to be funny and dramatic as he delivered not-so-funny news.

"This one," he said, reading the names Thursday on his daily injury report, "has me a little choked up."

Darrelle Revis, hamstring tightness, limited.

The New York Jets cornerback, who missed the preseason because of a 36-day contract holdout, sat out the second half of practice. Revis said he went a few more plays after feeling the initial tightness and decided, "I'm OK for the day."

Revis said he expects to practice Friday. He and Ryan downplayed the injury, saying there's no chance it will keep him out of Sunday's highly-anticipated showdown against New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss.

"I think the league is going to make me put him on Moss," Ryan joked.

Revis admitted his holdout probably contributed to the tightness. He worked out on his own, but conceded that he's still getting into football shape.

"It could be a training camp thing because I wasn't there," he said. "I was working out -- I wasn't sitting down and being a couch potato -- but my teammates had a month of organized football, one-a-days and two-a-days of hard football. I'm still trying to get my football legs under me."

This marked the second time that Revis' holdout has made an impact on the team. In the Monday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Revis was used primarily on the left side. Usually, he shadows the opponents' top receiver, regardless of where he lines up. But Ryan didn't want to tax Revis in that fashion; Revis practiced three days after signing his four-year, $46 million contract.

As a result, the Ravens' Anquan Boldin was often matched up against Antonio Cromartie and rookie Kyle Wilson. He finished with seven catches for 110 yards.

Revis insisted that he's 100 percent, pronouncing himself ready for Moss. In two games last season, he held Moss to nine catches for 58 yards and a touchdown, ratcheting up the intensity of the rivalry. They've been exchanging barbs for a year, with Revis referring to Moss as a "slouch" during an offseason TV interview.

Ryan said he's "not overly concerned" by the hamstring issue, but he said he'd alter his game plan if Revis appears less than 100 percent. Ryan has said many times Revis is the only cornerback in the league that can handle Moss, whom he called the best deep threat in the game, in man-to-man coverage.

As much as it's being hyped as a man-to-man showdown, the Jets also are planning to mix up their coverages, with the hope of keeping quarterback Tom Brady off balance.

The last thing the Jets need is an injured Revis. They lost nose tackle Kris Jenkins to a season-ending knee injury and linebacker Calvin Pace (broken foot) is likely to miss another week or two. The Jets have high hopes for Cromartie, an offseason acquisition, but he struggled in his Jets debut, committing three defensive penalties.

Don't worry, Revis predicted. He will be well enough to cover Moss.

"I'm sure it's going to be a fun matchup," Revis said.

Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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