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.
PITTSBURGH—Justin Williams has seen a lot during his 16-year NHL career. But he's not sure he's ever been part of something as wild as Monday’s 8-7 loss to the Penguins.
“It snowballed too quickly for us,” Williams said at PPG Paints Arena. “All around, it was like a 1988 Smythe Division game out there, I think. Not something you want to do.”
Williams scored his 15th goal early in the second period to put the Caps ahead 3-0.
Then things got away from the visitors—quickly.
The final regular season meeting between these bitter rivals sure
About five minutes later, Evgeni Malkin scored the first of his three goals while the teams skated four aside. Braden Holtby said the goal was one he should stop “all the time.” Coach Barry Trotz said it allowed Malkin and Co. to “seize” the game’s momentum.
Either way, Williams didn’t like the Caps’ initial response.
“You certainly know it’s not going to be easy,” Williams said. “We’re up 3-0. Things are going well. Things have gone well lately. But they’re not going to back away. They’re not going to say, ‘Alright, maybe next game.’ They’re going to come at you, and they did.”
The Penguins took 10 of the game’s next 12 shots. Four of them resulted in goals. The capacity crowd, which had been quiet for the first 25 minutes, suddenly came alive.
Were some bad bounces involved? Sure. Nick Bonino found the puck on the doorstep after it hit him. Bryan Rust’s goal went in off of Ovechkin’s skate.
None of that helped, of course. But Williams still felt like the Caps, who came in riding a nine-game winning streak, could have and should have done more to keep the second period—and ultimately the game—from slipping away.
“Tonight was a good reality check just to say, ‘You know what? You’re not that good,” he said. “You still got to work for things. It’s not going to come easy for you.”
Williams added: “It was a good challenge for us. We came back multiple times. I’m proud of us for that. But, again, crappy game.”
Asked if there was anything positive that the Caps could take from the game, Williams bristled at the suggestion.
“Nothing,” he said. “I want to park it right now. I don’t want to watch it. I don’t want to see it. Obviously, if I have to I will. But just go back to working hard and go back to the drawing board and just hit the reset.”
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PITTSBURGH—The final regular season meeting between these bitter rivals sure was a memorable one.
After the Caps and Penguins combined for 14 goals in regulation, Conor Sheary scored the game winner in overtime, lifting Pittsburgh to a wild 8-7 victory at PPG Paints Arena.
How it happened: The Caps took a quick 3-0 lead on goals Andre Burakovsky, Nicklas Backstrom and Justin Williams, whose goal at 1:17 of the second period meant the visitors had outscored their opponents 15-0 dating to the previous Penguins game on Jan. 11.
It wasn't nearly enough. Because during a wild 11 minute span in the second, the prolific Penguins scored six of the game’s next eight goals—yes, six of eight, including an Evgeni Malkin hat trick. As a result, the Pens took a 6-5 lead into the final frame.
The third period was almost as crazy. Sidney Crosby stretched Pittsburgh’s lead to 7-5 early. But the Caps fought back with goals from T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller, whose second tally of the night with 5:22 left to play sent the game to overtime.
Sheary didn’t need much time to decide it. The Pens’ winger dived headfirst into a pileup in the Caps’ crease and somehow managed to get enough of his stick on the puck to push it underneath Philipp Grubauer and off of Matt Niskanen’s skate. After a brief review, officials determined there was no goaltender interference.
What it means: The Caps’ winning streak came to an end at nine games. But they kept their spot atop the NHL because both Columbus and Minnesota were off.
Holtby’s night cut short: The reigning Vezina Trophy winner entered as one of the hottest goalies in the NHL, having recorded three shutouts in his previous five starts. Monday, however, was not his night. Trotz made a goalie switch after Holtby allowed a fifth goal on 15 second period shots, including goals by Bryan Rust and Malkin on back-to-back shots. Holtby yielded five goals on 26 shots.
Defense optional: The Caps came in allowing a league-low 1.91 goals against. So, yeah.
Unsuccessful challenge: After winning a coach’s challenge against the Blackhawks, Trotz tried again to have a goal overturned on grounds of goaltender interference. This time, however, it didn’t work. Officials ruled that Patric Hornqvist did not prevent Grubauer from doing his job on Malkin’s third goal late in the second period.
Holy O: The Caps have now scored five or more goals in four straight games and seven of the last 10. The seven goals against on Monday came from six different Caps (Burakovsky, Backstrom, Williams, Brett Connolly, Eller and Oshie).
Getting physical: Alex Ovechkin didn’t score a goal but he dished out a game-high nine hits. The Caps’ captain also notched a pair of assists.
Looking ahead: The Caps will not practice on Tuesday. They’ll return to the ice Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Arlington before departing on the annual Dad’s Trip, which will make stops in St. Louis and Dallas.
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