FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Darrelle Revis is getting closer to returning to the lineup for the New York Jets.
The All-Pro cornerback participated in individual drills Friday for the first time since injuring his left hamstring nearly two weeks ago, but will not play in the New York Jets’ game at Buffalo.
“That was encouraging today,” coach Rex Ryan said. “He was doing some individual work today. He looks so good out there, you’re tempted to just let him go, but we’re going to wait. He never did anything as far as team practices or team reps. We’re going to make sure he’s back and close to 100 percent before we put him out there.”
Revis was injured in the first half against New England in Week 2 on a touchdown catch by Randy Moss. He initially strained the hamstring in practice earlier that week, but felt fine going into the game.
Revis sat out the second half against the Patriots and was left home as the team traveled to Miami last weekend so he could continue his rehabilitation. The game plan is the same this week, with a possible return for a Monday night game against Minnesota on Oct. 11.
“We feel confident that he’s going to bounce back pretty soon,” Ryan said. “Hopefully, he’ll be playing next week.”
Backup offensive lineman Wayne Hunter (badly bruised right shin) and backup linebacker Jamaal Westerman (hamstring/ankle) also will not make the trip because of their injuries.
Center Nick Mangold (right shoulder) and linebacker Calvin Pace (right foot) are also listed as questionable. Both were limited at practice Friday.
Mangold sprained his shoulder against the Patriots, but played in the game against the Dolphins.
“I hope he’s ready to go,” Ryan said. “He was limited today. It’s still not 100 percent, but I think he will go.”
Pace has missed the first three games of the regular season after breaking his foot in the preseason. He practiced for the first time this week and there’s a chance he could play in pass-rushing situations.
“He did have some reps today in the team period, so we want to see how he comes back from that,” Ryan said. “That one could be a game-timer to really see. Is he going to be starting? Is he going to be extended? There is no way. I would not do that right now.”
Linebacker Jason Taylor was limited with an injured left elbow, but is expected to play. Right tackle Damien Woody returned to practice after missing two days due to an undisclosed personal issue.
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