EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis started against his former team Sunday, playing for the first time since injuring his knee while with the New York Jets nearly a year ago.
Revis, who played six seasons with the Jets, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at Miami last September in Week 3. He hadn't played since. Revis was traded in April to the Buccaneers, who signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract that made him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
During pregame warmups, Revis ran and made cuts on the MetLife Stadium field without wearing a brace on his knee.
Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes also started after seriously injuring his left foot a week after Revis' injury. Holmes didn't play in the preseason, but the Jets' top receiver will be active in at least a limited role Sunday.
Holmes suffered a Lisfranc injury, which usually involves separation of ligaments and joints in the middle of the foot, against San Francisco in Week 4. He needed surgery to repair the injury, and then had another procedure in February to remove the screws.