Revis suffered a non-contact knee injury on Sunday against the Dolphins and fell to the ground where he was screaming and writhing in pain. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday night that the Jets feared the worst for Revis, and it turned out to be exactly that.
"Obviously that's a significant injury and it's something that we're going to have to overcome as a football team," Ryan said. "For him I feel bad about it because he's such a great player and a great teammate. We're going to lose that presence."
For most teams, losing a star quarterback is the most nightmarish possibility to come out of an injury during the week. For the Jets, that nightmare is losing Revis, the best corner in the NFL and easily the best player on their team.
"We're fortunate because most teams only have one No. 1 corner and some don't have any," Ryan said. "We're fortunate because we have the best in the league in Darrelle and we have a No. 1 corner in [Antonio] Cromartie. We drafted Kyle [Wilson] to be a No. 2."
Wilson and Cromartie are talented players, for sure. But the dropoff from Revis to just about anyone else in the league is steep. And it's going to show up for the Jets when they try to play defense against some of the better teams in the league.
"Everybody has to step up and that's it," Ryan said. "I remember my first year here I believe we lost Leon Washington and Kris Jenkins in the same game. And those are two outstanding football players. And the very next year we lose Kris after three plays. So we have a history of stepping up, but I've also had some experiences where you lose some corners. We just have to pick it up and maybe we play some opponents differently. There's more ways to skin a cat -- obviously you can't just take away their best receiver with one guy. But we'll find a way."
Ryan also confirmed that the injury was non-contact, which are quite often the worst kind when it comes to knee injuries.
"It was non-contact," Ryan said. "You could tell it was non-contact. The offensive lineman cut him as the play went on, but that wasn't the injury."
Revis apparently knew it was bad when it happened and Rex felt the same way simply from seeing Revis leave Miami.
"When I saw him walking, when I talked to Darrelle on the plane, I could tell he thought it was a major injury, a significant injury," Ryan said. "I didn't want to speculate until we got the MRI back, but we knew it was a possibility."
That possibility turned into reality on Monday with the news of Revis injury, and it means that the Jets will have to change the way they approach playing defense. All eyes will be on Wilson and Cromartie to see if they can step up and keep the Jets defense among the league's best.
With the Texans and 49ers coming to town, New York will be tested immediately.