[UPDATE]: The Pittsburgh Police Department has since released the following statement regarding the New York Jets’ defensive back:
From the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety. Charges pending against Darrelle Revis, they say. pic.twitter.com/lrABqFolax
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 16, 2017
Jets’ cornerback Darrelle Revis has allegedly been injured after an assault in Pittsburgh. Revis played his college ball at Pitt. According to KDKA out of Pittsburgh:
“New York Jets cornerback and former Pitt star Darrelle Revis has been injured after getting into an altercation on the South Side. His lawyer told KDKA it happened when he came home to visit family and friends this weekend. While he was in town, he was allegedly assaulted by a group of five people.
Revis’ lawyer said he feared for his safety and eventually went to get medical treatment.”
This is a breaking story and there are not yet any details about his condition or the severity of the injuries, though the fact that he could take himself to get medical treatment is encouraging.
Revis is 31 years old. He was regarded as one of the best corners in the NFL in his first stint with the Jets. He left, spent a year in Tampa, won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots, and then returned to the Jets. He has seen a drop-off in play, and some recent reports indicated that there was a 75 percent chance he’d be cut in the offseason.
If the Jets cut Revis entirely, they could save around $9.3M in cap space. There is also a chance they’d keep him at corner, with a paycut, or let him switch over to play free safety. At safety, his knowledge of the game would still be useful, but it’s a position that demands less in terms of speed and pure athleticism.