See which star player is likely done for 2012


See which star player is likely done for 2012

From Comcast SportsNetFLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The NFL's top shutdown cornerback will likely be shut down for the season.Darrelle Revis has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that will require surgery, a huge blow for the New York Jets that leaves coach Rex Ryan without his best defensive player.A somber Ryan stopped short of ruling Revis out for the season on Monday, saying he just learned of the MRI results. But Revis will have to wait two or three weeks before surgery, Ryan said, and the recovery from an ACL tear is usually six-to-nine months. So the chances of Revis returning this season appear extremely slim.Ryan added that he will speak with Revis before the team decides whether he will be placed on injured reserve, a move that could happen as early as Tuesday."It's just disappointing," Ryan said. "This guy wants to win. As great a player as he is individually, he's a great teammate and just wants to win. That's why he was so excited about this year."The 27-year-old Revis was injured in the third quarter of the Jets' 23-20 overtime victory at Miami on Sunday, falling awkwardly and grabbing his knee even before he hit the grass. It was a non-contact injury, and he covered his face with gloved hands in obvious pain. He was able to walk off the field, but was taken into the locker room on a golf cart."Thanks for all the support!" Revis wrote on his Twitter page on Monday night. "It's just part of the game, I'm already on my way to recover!"Ryan suspected the injury was serious when he talked to Revis on the plane ride home. MRI results Monday morning confirmed the team's worst fears."It's something we have to overcome as a football team. ... We're going to lose that presence. I don't know what else to say about it," Ryan said. "I guess that's the horrible thing that came out of the game."This was Revis' first game after missing a week with a concussion sustained in the season opener against Buffalo. He had missed only three games before this season, all in 2010."I know the way Darrelle is that this is a guy who's as competitive as it gets, and I don't think there's any doubt that he's going to come back strong from it," Ryan said.The Jets will be without perhaps the NFL's top cornerback on a defense Ryan had considered his best since the coach came to New York. Kyle Wilson, the team's first-round draft pick in 2010, will step into Revis' starting role opposite Antonio Cromartie. Ellis Lankster will take Wilson's spot as the nickelback."I just feel like I'm going to go out there and I'm going to continue to do my job," Wilson said. "Go out there, make plays and have fun. Just play my game, that's all I can do."Wilson, who has trained in the offseason with Revis the last two summers, will continue to talk to him and get tips and suggestions throughout the season."I always pick that guy's brain," Wilson said. "He's obviously pretty good."While Wilson hasn't yet lived up to expectations, and the drop-off from Revis is great, the Jets still have two first-rounders starting at the position."Most teams have just one No. 1 corner, and some teams don't even have any," Ryan said. "We're fortunate that we have the best in the league in Darrelle, and a No. 1 corner in Cromartie. We're fortunate there. We drafted Kyle Wilson to basically be a No. 2 corner, and that's what he's going to play, that role, and I'm confident in Kyle."Ryan insists he isn't panicking despite losing the three-time All-Pro cornerback."It never happens," he said. "We have enough to get it done here. ... We'll find a way to get this done."Ryan also didn't rule out signing a free agent. The Jets released defensive lineman Marcus Dixon on Monday, and Ryan said the move was made in part so the team could pursue other players -- such as bringing back linebacker Bryan Thomas. Rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill has a hamstring injury that could sideline him a week, so the Jets re-signed Patrick Turner."It's an onus on the whole defense," linebacker Aaron Maybin said of losing Revis. "We know that we all have to step up, and on offense and special teams. It's going to be a collective effort because when you have a guy like that go down, it really does affect the whole team."The Jets, despite their mistake-filled win at Miami, are in first place in the AFC East at 2-1, holding the tiebreaker over Buffalo. But tough home games against San Francisco and Houston are up next."This is a team game, and as a team, we've got to step it up," Ryan said. "I think we'll respond. ... Is it a major blow when you lose a great player like Darrelle Revis? Of course, it absolutely is. But this is a football team, and I think we showed that yesterday, too."The injury further clouds the contract status of Revis, who reported for training camp in July despite saying he was unsure if he would because he was hoping the Jets would rework the 46 million, four-year deal he signed in 2010. He is set to earn 13.5 million during the next two years after the deal -- reached after a 36-day holdout in 2010 -- was front-loaded with 32.5 million in the first two years.But after not getting a new deal this offseason, many thought Revis and the team would re-visit the matter after this season. If he doesn't have a new contract by training camp next summer, he could become a free agent after the 2013 season."Yeah, I want to be a Jet for life," Revis said in July. "If management don't see fit (to) that, then I have to move on."NOTES:LB Calvin Pace clarified his postgame comments about Dolphins RB Reggie Bush when he said the Jets "had to put him on out." Bush injured his left knee Sunday, but should be fine. "I wasn't trying to say it as if we were trying to hurt him," Pace said Monday. "I'm sad to see him get hurt. We aren't running any kind of bounty system or anything like that, and actually, looking at the play, somebody just fell on his knee. That's all I have to say. I guess I need to say things in a different manner, and I'll do a better job of it next time." ... Through three games, the Jets have just three sacks: two by linebacker Garrett McIntyre and one by nose tackle Sione Po'uha.

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Orioles offense plunges in second half of season

Orioles offense plunges in second half of season

At the All-Star break, things looked rosy for the Orioles. They were 51-36 and led the American League East by two games. The team batting average was a healthy .272, and its on-base percentage a robust .333.

The second half has been far different. While the pitching has improved somewhat, the hitting has dropped off. In the first half, the team’s ERA was 4.35 and in the second half it’s 4.19 despite the bullpen weakening. 

Prior to the All-Star break, the Orioles scored two runs or fewer in 18 of the 87 games. In the 70 games since the break, they’ve scored two runs or fewer in nearly a third of the games—28 times. 

The team’s batting average has dropped from .272 to .234 and the on-base percentage from .333 to .296. 

Who have been the major culprits in the second half offensive plunge? 

Most notably, it’s Jonathan Schoop. At the All-Star break, Schoop was hitting .304 and were it not for a plethora of excellent second basemen, he could have been named to his first All-Star Game. 

In the second half, Schoop has plunged to .210. He’s the only Oriole to play every game, and while his fielding has been sharp, his hitting hasn’t been. 

When Mark Trumbo agreed to participate in the Home Run Derby, many fans thought it would interfere with his swing. It’s had nothing to do with his second half struggles. Trumbo was batting .288 before the break, and just .196 since then.

He’s still hitting home runs. Trumbo has 17, but in the first half, he had 100 hits—55 of them singles. In the second half, Trumbo has 48 hits—with just 22 singles. 

In his career, Trumbo has always been stronger in the first half (.265) than the second (.234), but this year’s numbers have been striking. 

Most of the other Orioles’ regulars have had worse second halves, too. Chris Davis has dropped from .237 to .190, Matt Wieters from .258 to .225, and even Manny Machado has fallen off from .318 prior to the All-Star break to .277 after it. 

Many fans have complained that Buck Showalter hasn’t played Hyun Soo Kim enough recently, but the South Korean’s numbers have fallen off, too. He hit .329 in the first half and is hitting .273 in the second half.

Pedro Alvarez, who like Kim rarely starts against left-handers, has held his own in the second half, hitting .249 prior to the All-Star break and .247 since then. 

Two players, J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones have seen their numbers rise. Hardy, who missed much of the first half with a broken bone in his left foot, has seen his second half average rise to .281 from .263 and Jones has ticked up from .268 to .270.

Besides Schoop who has played in all 157 games, Trumbo (154) Machado (152), Davis (152) and Jones (147) are rarely out of the lineup. 

Would the Orioles have been stronger had manager Buck Showalter rested his regulars more? 

Well, as Showalter likes to see, if you want to play more, play better. 

Wieters’ backup Caleb Joseph doesn’t have a single RBI, and Ryan Flaherty, the principal understudy for Hardy, Machado and Schoop, has just one infield start since July 24. Flaherty’s only second-half RBIs have come in a pinch hitting appearance. 

The biggest loss for the bench has been Joey Rickard, who injured a ligament in his right thumb on July 20, and hasn’t played since. 

Showalter trusted Rickard, who batted .268 in 59 games, and without him, had used Nolan Reimold more often. Reimold, though has hit just .145 in the second half. 

The Orioles tried Steve Pearce, but his flexor mass limited his appearances, and then ended his season. 

They didn’t have the reinforcements from the minor leagues they would have liked. Dariel Alvarez and Christian Walker, who have both played for the Orioles in the past, weren’t deemed worthy of a September callup. 

For the offseason, the Orioles will have to face the possible losses of Alvarez, Trumbo and Wieters to free agency, but they’re also going to have to beef up their bench so that Showalter feels better about giving some of their veterans an occasional day off. 

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Terrell Suggs sounds like he expects Elvis Dumervil to play against Raiders

Terrell Suggs sounds like he expects Elvis Dumervil to play against Raiders

OWINGS MILLS — Terrell Suggs sounded like he expected teammate Elvis Dumervil to play Sunday, after Dumervil missed the first three games recovering from offseason foot surgery.

“We get another guy back this week, so that’s going to help us out,” Suggs said, referring to Dumervil. “It was tough not having him in there, but we get him back. Let him get in there and knock some rust off.”

Dumervil returned to practice Wednesday, which was a good sign that he was trending toward playing against the Raiders. However, the rest of the week would tell the story. Before the Ravens’ Week 3 victory in Jacksonville, Dumervil practiced on Wednesday and Thursday, but he missed practice on Friday and was unable to play against the Jaguars.

Dumervil and Suggs have not been in the lineup together at outside linebacker since Week 1 of 2015, when Suggs suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. In 2014, Dumervil and Suggs were the NFL’s top sack tandem, combining for 29 sacks.

The Ravens are tied for seventh in the league with nine sacks through Week 3, but having Dumervil return Sunday would only improve their chances of generating a pass rush against Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Through the Ravens’ first three games, Carr has been sacked just twice.