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No Super comeback: Jets place CB Revis on IR

No Super comeback: Jets place CB Revis on IR

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) There will be no dramatic Super Bowl return for Darrelle Revis.

The New York Jets placed the star cornerback on season-ending injured reserve on Friday, a few weeks after coach Rex Ryan said the team would wait until after knee surgery in case there was a ``0.0002 chance'' Revis could recover in time to play in the NFL's big game.

``We're going to need that roster spot,'' Ryan said. ``I said it was a 0.0002 percent chance. Well, it's not that high.''

Ryan said Revis will have surgery next week to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered almost three weeks ago at Miami. With safety Eric Smith being sidelined by a knee injury this week, Revis' roster spot was filled by rookie safety Antonio Allen, the team's seventh-round draft pick who was signed from the practice squad.

Revis was injured in the third quarter of the Jets' 23-20 overtime victory Sept. 23, falling awkwardly and grabbing his knee without making any contact with another player. An MRI exam confirmed the Jets' worst fears that the ACL was torn.

He has been working out at the team's facility, and was there Friday walking on a zero-gravity treadmill. Typically, patients with similar injuries wait a few weeks before surgery but begin the rehabilitation process to strengthen the leg in hopes that that will help expedite the healing after the operation.

Two weeks ago, Ryan said he wanted to wait until after Revis had surgery to make a definitive decision on his status for the season. If there was a chance Revis could play in the Super Bowl - the way Rod Woodson returned from reconstructive knee surgery in the same season in 1995 for Pittsburgh - Ryan wanted to keep that option open.

But after talking to the doctors and getting their feedback on the situation, Ryan decided to make the move now. Ryan also clarified that the Jets won't put Revis on the NFL's new injured reserve/designated for return list, which teams can use for one player per season. That player would be able to return to practice after six weeks and play in a game after eight.

``I was kind of holding out hope,'' Ryan said. ``He's not going to be back (this season).''

The Jets have been playing one player short on their roster the last two games, with 52 instead of 53, but Ryan said that hasn't been an issue.

``When Eric went down for the week, we needed the roster spot now,'' Ryan said, adding that he probably would have continued to wait to make the move on Revis until after the surgery if Smith hadn't gotten hurt.

Smith sprained a knee in practice Wednesday while trying to knock down a pass. Ryan initially thought it was a serious injury, but tests revealed it was a sprain that could sideline him a week or two rather than the rest of the season.

Revis is the sixth Jets player placed on injured reserve this season, joining wide receiver Santonio Holmes (foot), linebacker Josh Mauga (pectoral muscle), defensive back Royce Adams (knee), and tight ends Josh Baker (knee) and Dedrick Epps (knee).

Holmes had surgery to repair the injury to his left foot on Wednesday. He was hurt late in the Jets' 34-0 loss to San Francisco two weeks ago after catching a short pass, suffering a Lisfranc injury, which usually involves a tear of the ligament in the middle of the foot that holds the first two toes together.

Mauga had surgery Friday to repair a torn pectoral muscle, suffered Monday night in the 23-17 loss to Houston.

Ryan said both had ``successful'' procedures, and the players are expected to be ready to participate in offseason workouts.

Allen was waived after the preseason on Sept. 1, but the Jets signed him to the practice squad the next day. In four seasons at South Carolina, Allen had 198 tackles, including 20 for a loss, four interceptions and six forced fumbles.

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NOTES: G Matt Slauson had no comment on his planned appeal for his $10,000 fine by the league for his peel-back block on Houston's Brian Cushing, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on the play Monday night. Both he and Ryan have insisted that it was a legal hit. ``I don't really want to get into it,'' Ryan said. ``I've said from Day 1 and I'll stick with it: I know the intent of Matt Slauson was never, never to injure Brian Cushing. It's unfortunate that that happened. Cut blocks happen all the time in this league and we're a team that very rarely cuts people and things. It's an unfortunate part of the game and you don't wish that on any player. Matt obviously felt terrible when the young man was injured, as we all did.'' ... Colts backup QB Drew Stanton recently told The Indianapolis Star that the Jets told him he ``was going to get a chance to play'' if Mark Sanchez struggled after they signed him in the offseason. ``I don't remember that,'' Ryan said. ``I just know this: I read part of his comments, I felt that we had our quarterback, that we weren't going to draft a quarterback because we felt really good about our quarterback situation.'' Less than a week later, the Jets traded for Tim Tebow and fulfilled Stanton's request to be dealt. ``With Drew, it wasn't like we said, `OK, now we've got you under contract and you're going to be here regardless,'' Ryan said. ``We never wanted to mess him over. That wasn't our intent when we signed him.'' ... Ryan, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, linebacker Bart Scott and other Jets are wearing blue ``CHUCKSTRONG'' shirts, and will take a photo and send it to Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano, who is hospitalized while being treated for leukemia. Ryan, Pettine and Scott spent time in Baltimore with the Ravens together.

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Bryce Harper homered, Max Scherzer struck out seven in six innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Sunday.

Anthony Rendon also had two hits and drove in two runs for Washington, extending his hitting streak to 10 games and helping the Nationals earn a split of the series after Saturday's game was rained out. Adam Eaton and Juan Soto each had three hits.

Two days after a heated exchange with teammate Stephen Strasburg during Friday's 8-5 loss, Scherzer (13-5) allowed two runs and eight hits in his third straight win. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has pitched six or more innings in his last 19 starts.

Kelvin Herrera got five outs for his first save with Washington.

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 55 minutes by rain, and another downpour stopped play for almost 100 minutes between the sixth and seventh innings.

Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz (7-6) gave up four runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Harper singled in Eaton to give Washington a 4-2 lead in the sixth. Matt Adams added another RBI single in the seventh, and Harper added a solo drive in the eighth for his 24th homer.

Scherzer was staked to an early 3-0 lead and then got some help from his defense.

Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the third with a drive off the wall in center, but he was thrown out by Harper while trying for a double. With a runner on first in the fifth, Freddie Freeman's blast to right was chased down by Eaton on the warning track.

Then in the seventh, Michael A. Taylor made a leaping catch at the wall in center to rob Dansby Swanson of extra bases with one runner on.

Washington got off to a fast start with three runs in the first. Rendon drove in Eaton and Harper with a triple down the right-field line, and then scored on Soto's groundout.

Swanson drove in Atlanta's runs with a groundout in the second and a single in the fourth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: All-Star 2B Ozzie Albies, who left Friday's game with right hamstring tightness, got the day off.

Nationals: RHP Sean Doolittle (left toe inflammation) experienced extended soreness after throwing off the mound Friday. An MRI Saturday revealed a stress reaction, comparable to a bone bruise, in the bridge of his foot and he is wearing a walking boot. ... RHP Koda Glover (right shoulder tendinitis) was reinstated from the 60-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

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Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (8-5, 3.51 ERA) pitches the opener of a two-game series in Miami on Monday. He already has beaten the Marlins twice this season, allowing one run in 12 innings.

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.72 ERA) opens a three-game series in Milwaukee on Monday night. He is 2-4 with a 4.93 ERA in nine career starts versus the Brewers.