Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

Jets sign top pick Revis; Kiffin returns to Raiders

August 16, 2007


The New York Jets signed first-round pick Darrelle Revis on Wednesday night, ending the touted cornerback's lengthy holdout.

Revis, selected 14th overall after New York traded up to draft him, missed 22 practices and the team's preseason opener Friday against Atlanta since training camp started July 27.

"We're glad it's over," general manager Mike Tannenbaum said.

The Jets expect Revis to compete for a starting job at cornerback, once he gets up to speed with the defense. Revis was considered one of the best overall cornerbacks in the draft and had an outstanding college career at Pittsburgh, finishing with 129 tackles and eight interceptions.

Tannenbaum said Revis already had received his playbook from coach Eric Mangini and would participate in the team's walkthrough Friday. It was uncertain if Revis would play in the Jets' game against Minnesota on Friday night.

"He'll play when Eric feels he's ready," Tannenbaum said.


Coach Lane Kiffin was back at practice after missing two days while being hospitalized for a viral infection. However, it was a very different Kiffin, who was under orders from his doctor not to yell or exert energy.

"I guess a lot of head coaches coach that way anyway, so I'm going to get to see what it's like," he said.

For the players, it was very strange to see their energetic 32-year-old coach acting so subdued as opposed to his usual demeanor. They razzed him a bit, with some even wearing surgical masks to the team meeting before practice.

Kiffin said the doctors are "95 percent" sure he has mononucleosis and are treating him that way. Doctors are awaiting results of some final tests before they're sure. He lost 11 pounds since he got sick.


Jerome McDougle's star-crossed career suffered another blow when the former first-round pick got hurt - again.

The fifth-year defensive end injured his right triceps in Philadelphia's preseason opener and likely will miss the rest of the season. Running back Ryan Moats also could be done for the year because of an ankle injury.


Defensive end Erasmus James will not play against the New York Jets on Friday night. James was activated from the physically unable-to-perform list Sunday and hasn't appeared in a game since hurting his knee in the second week of the regular season in 2006.


Cornerback Andre Woolfolk, the Titans' No. 1 draft pick in 2003, was placed on injured reserve because of a strained hamstring that sidelined him for most of training camp.


Wide receiver Plaxico Burress attempted to practice for the first time since spraining his right ankle on Aug. 2, but had to quit after a couple of minutes.

Also, cornerback Corey Webster missed practice with a hip injury, while rookie tight end Kevin Boss missed his second straight day due to a bruised shoulder.


Outside linebacker Chike Okeafor probably will miss the season after undergoing surgery Tuesday to reattach a torn biceps tendon.

Okeafor was holding out hope for a return this season, coach Ken Whisenhunt said, but the normal recovery period for that type of surgery is four months.


Rod Coleman will not make his preseason debut this week when the Falcons visit Buffalo.

Coach Bobby Petrino ruled out that scenario, adding the Falcons likely won't allow Coleman to play until the season opener at Minnesota.


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