|First-rounder Darrelle Revis signs with Jets, ending lengthy holdout, 2401209|
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|Wednesday, 15 August 2007 16:14|
Revis, selected 14th overall after New York traded up to draft him, missed 22 practices and the team's preseason opener last 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 had already 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.
Revis was the Jets' first unsigned pick at the start of training camp since linebacker James Farrior in 1997, and Revis' holdout of 20 practice days was the longest since wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson sat out 24 days in 1996.
Tannenbaum said the team and Revis' agent, Neil Schwartz, agreed in principle to a deal late Tuesday night. The only reason Revis didn't practice Wednesday was because the contract was being reviewed by the league.
Tannenbaum wouldn't address the length of the deal, the reported biggest holdup in negotiations. The Jets were looking to sign Revis to a six-year deal, while the cornerback wanted a five-year contract.
With Revis' signing, the only first-round holdout is top overall pick JaMarcus Russell, the LSU quarterback selected by Oakland.
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 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.
Kiffin first felt ill last Thursday and tried to work his way through it. The conditions got much worse Saturday, when he spent two hours in the dark in his office trying to rest up for that night's exhibition opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Kiffin said Adrenalin helped him fight through the game, but he hit ``rock bottom'' after it was over.
Kiffin woke up Sunday morning with a 103.7 temperature and was treated by trainer Rod Martin. Kiffin struggled to make it through team meetings that day and went to the hospital Monday morning.
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 with an ankle injury.
McDougle was competing for a job on a crowded line and wasn't a lock to make the roster. He has just three sacks in 33 career games.
McDougle missed the first eight games of his rookie year in 2003 with ankle, knee and hip injuries, sat out five games in 2004 and spent the following season on the sideline after he was shot in the abdomen by robbers.
McDougle played in 14 games last year, finishing with one sack and 13 tackles.
Moats, a third-round pick in 2005, also was hurt in Monday night's 29-3 loss to the Ravens. He broke his left ankle on a running play in the second half.
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 on Sunday and hasn't appeared in a game since hurting his knee in the second week of the regular season in 2006.
Minnesota coach Brad Childress said he doesn't want to rush James, a former first-round draft pick considered to be one of the team's most gifted pass rushers, back too soon and risk another injury.
James has been practicing with the second and third teams at right defensive end, behind current starter Ray Edwards and rookie Brian Robison.
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.
Woolfolk visited with a specialist Monday and was put on the list the next day, coach Jeff Fisher said.
The Titans drafted the 6-foot-2 Woolfolk with the 28th pick in 2003. He came out of Oklahoma where he had been converted from receiver to cornerback. However, Woolfolk struggled with injuries that limited him to 39 games over the past four seasons. He had 12 starts with 115 tackles and three interceptions.
Running back LenDale White ran on the side but didn't practice for a third straight day. Fisher said White still has a chance to start Friday night at New England. Safety Donnie Nickey sat out practice with soreness but ran on the side with cornerback Reynaldo Hill (groin) and offensive lineman Mike Otto (knee). Tight end Ben Troupe (foot) has missed a week.
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 will probably 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.
Darryl Blackstock and Calvin Pace are competing to replace Okeafor in the starting lineup.
Right tackle Oliver Ross, meanwhile, went for a second opinion on his torn triceps tendon. That injury also could require season-ending surgery. First-round draft pick Levi Brown has moved into Ross' spot.
Okeafor and Ross were injured in last weekend's preseason opener at Oakland.
Whisenhunt said center Nick Leckey will miss Saturday's preseason game against Houston because of a sprained knee.
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.
Coleman, a 10th-year defensive tackle, is tired of rehabbing his right leg. He's been grinding and sweating in the heat while his teammates practice on adjacent fields.
Offensive coordinator Mike Martz is optimistic that injured running back Kevin Jones will be back in time for the season opener. Jones missed the final three games of last season with a broken foot and hasn't taken part in training camp workouts.
Martz said his optimism does not suggest that Jones is ready to return, but that everyone is anxious when he comes back. Martz also indicated Jones would have to earn his starting job back once he does return.