Revis Talks About Concussion, Sunday Return


Darrelle Revis is on the road back from his concussion, to the point that he was limited at practice today and told reporters afterward at his locker, "I'll be ready to go Sunday."

Head coach Todd Bowles wasn't yet ready to declare Revis active for the first time in three weeks since suffering his concussion at Houston, but he said immediately after practice, "He looked fine today. He backpedaled, he picked a ball off, he did some things that were normal. ... I was happy with the progress today. I need to see a little bit more tomorrow, then we'll have to talk about it."

Here are selected questions and answers from Revis' interview with reporters today:

On how it feels to get back into practice...

"It was good to be back on the field after two weeks and it's good to be clear."

On if he thinks he'll play Sunday vs. Tennessee...

"Yeah, I practiced, so I'll be ready to go Sunday."

On what the past few weeks have been like for him on the sideline...

"The last couple of weeks have been just following what the training staff tells me to do and just trying to get through the concussion. I had a couple in the past and this probably has been the one that's kept me out the most. But you can't play around with these things. These are serious. It's a blow to your head. So you've definitely got to follow every protocol you can to get back and get on the field."

On if he was scared when the concussion occurred vs. the Texans...

"No."

On if he anticipates first getting cleared for contact for Friday's practice...

"Yeah, I'm still going through it. Like I said, you've got to follow everything. I think I'll pass that and move forward."

On if this time off helped him heal any other physical issues as well...

"No, I've been fine throughout the course of the year trying to take care of my body and staying 100 percent. I think I can speak for everybody in this locker room, you do have bangs and nicks throughout the year. That's why you stay here to get treatment and maintenance on your body. But I think for the most part I've been doing that, taking care of my body."

On when he realized how serious this concussion was...

"It's the same routine, once you have one you, you go through the same protocol. You can't put a timeframe on these things. It can be a week, it can be two. Some guys around the league are out for six weeks. You can't put a timeframe on it. The only thing you can do is make sure the brain calms down and you've got to get rest, and that's what I've been doing throughout this whole situation."

On if he's concerned about his long-term health...

"I'm not really looking at that right now. You have one, they're all the same, you go through the same protocol. My job is to get back healthy and get back on the field, and I will be back on the field soon, so that's how I look at it. You don't wish a concussion or any type of injury on anybody. This is what we signed up for, but at the same time, if you have a blow to the head or any injury, you've just got to follow protocol and try to get back as healthy as you can."

On returning to action in time to rejoin a team in the hunt for a playoff berth...

"You've just got to focus each week. This week we've got Tennessee, then we've got to move on to Dallas, then New England, then Buffalo. It's a pretty tight race. We know Kansas City's in position as well. But we're fine. We've just got to win each week and see what happens at the end of the year."

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