There will be no dramatic Super Bowl return for Darrelle Revis.
The Jets placed the star cornerback on season-ending injured reserve, 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 [against the Colts on Sunday],’’ Ryan said Friday. ‘‘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, rookie Antonio Allen, the team’s seventh-round draft pick, 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.
Revis is the sixth Jets player placed on injured reserve, 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).
However, Jets tight end Dustin Keller, who has missed four games with a hamstring injury, and rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill, sidelined two games with an injured hamstring, are likely to return against Indianapolis.
Harbaugh goes after Gilbride
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh is taking on another coach.
Less than a year after an on-field confrontation with Lions coach Jim Schwartz over a postgame handshake, Harbaugh is miffed with Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.
Harbaugh accused Gilbride of making outrageous and incendiary comments about All-Pro defensive end Justin Smith in an effort to influence officials prior to Sunday’s game between the teams that met in the NFC title game in January.
Harbaugh made his remarks in response to Gilbride’s answer to a question Thursday about what makes the 49ers’ front line so hard to block on passing plays. The longtime Giants coordinator started off by saying the linemen have ability and great, quick players who are tough. What angered Harbaugh is what followed.
‘‘Smith is a beast on the inside, he’s strong, he does as good a job of grabbing a hold of offensive linemen and allowing those twists to take place. He never gets called for it so he gets away with murder,’’ Gilbride said.
Harbaugh issued a statement through the team in response Friday.
‘‘Kevin Gilbride’s outrageous, irrational statement regarding Justin Smith’s play is, first, an absurd analogy,’’ Harbaugh said. ‘‘Second, it is an incendiary comment targeting one of the truly exemplary players in this league. It’s obvious that the Giants coaching staff’s sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating.’’
The Giants and 49ers played twice in San Francisco last season in two very hard-fought games. The Niners won the first, 27-20, and New York took the second in overtime, 20-17.
Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (right foot, left knee) practiced for the second straight day and there is a chance he will play Sunday.
Four players appeal bounty ruling
All four players punished in the NFL’s bounty investigation — Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Saints defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove — have filed appeals with the league. People familiar with the situation say the players have asked commissioner Roger Goodell to remove himself as arbitrator because they do not believe he can be impartial . . . Fujita (shoulder/neck) and defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (leg) missed practice and may sit out the Browns’ game against Cincinnati. Thin at wide receiver because of injuries, the winless Browns signed rookie Josh Cooper , an Oklahoma State teammate last year of quarterback Brandon Weeden, from the practice squad. The Browns needed Cooper with Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) and Jordan Norwood (foot) out.
Players take hits in wallets
The Titans’ Michael Griffin was fined $21,000 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Vikings wide receiver Michael Jenkins, the league saying the safety committed unnecessary roughness against a defenseless player. Four players were fined $15,750 — all four hits on quarterbacks — and Jets guard Matt Slauson was docked $10,000 for his illegal block on Texans linebacker Brian Cushing that tore ligaments in Cushing’s left knee, sidelining him for the season. Three others were fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness . . . Dolphins cornerback Richard Marshall (back) and reserve running back Daniel Thomas (concussion) were ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Rams . . . The Packers said receiver Greg Jennings (groin) will miss Sunday’s road game against the unbeaten Texans, but teammate Jermichael Finley (right shoulder) has little doubt about his status. ‘‘I’m feeling good about Sunday,’’ the Packers tight end said.Continued...