For some NFL players who suffered major injuries last weekend, the news got worse Monday.
* New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, possibly the NFL’s best defensive back, was declared out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The injury occurred after Revis, who will need surgery, returned from missing the past 1 1/2 games with a concussion.
Jets coach Rex Ryan seemed shaken by the news about Revis, who has been selected to the past four Pro Bowls.
Ryan would not declare outright that Revis would be placed on injured reserve, but he seemed resigned to forging ahead without his best player.
“This is something that we have to overcome as a football team,” Ryan said.
* Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie’s story seems to mirror Revis’. Collie missed the season’s first two games after suffering a concussion during the preseason. He returned to action Sunday, only to sustain a ruptured patella tendon during the third quarter. He was declared out for the season Monday.
* Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey received some good news when he was released from an area hospital. He suffered head and neck injuries after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from a Pittsburgh Steelers defender.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Heyward-Bey was at home with a concussion and a neck strain. When he will return to action is unclear.
* Elsewhere, the Texans told the Houston Chronicle that quarterback Matt Schaub has no lingering effects from the blow to the head he received from the Denver Broncos. He did lose a piece of his ear on the tackle. And the Detroit News reported neither Matthew Stafford nor Lions coach Jim Schwartz will talk about the quarterback’s leg injury until at least Wednesday.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor