Jets CB Revis, LB Pace will go to Denver, but status uncertain

Darrelle Revis and Calvin Pace are coming along for the ride.

Whether the New York Jets' defensive stars play in Denver against the Broncos on Sunday is still up in the air.

Jets coach Rex Ryan said Thursday that he wants both players to travel with the team Friday rather than have them stay back at the facility to rehabilitate their injuries. They will be evaluated after the 4-hour flight and the team's walkthrough Saturday.

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"After talking to Darrelle and all that, we're going to take him to Denver, one way or the other, because he wants to be with his team, whether he can play or not," Ryan said. "And that's where I want him, also. Hopefully he'll be ready to play."

When asked if the same plan stood for Pace, Ryan said: "Yeah, both of them will make the trip."

Revis and Pace were limited at practice Thursday after not participating in team drills Wednesday.

"So," Ryan said, "that's an improvement from yesterday."

Revis played in the Jets' 29-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, but he said his left hamstring was "very sore" and bothered him throughout the game. He had been sidelined two games with a strained hamstring.

"He looked good today," Ryan said. "Again, though, it's too early to say he's definitely going to play. I'm still not comfortable with that."

Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine both said the defense will prepare as if Revis will not play, although the All-Pro cornerback practiced a lot with the first-team unit Wednesday. Ryan added that it's possible the Jets could use Revis in a limited role against the Broncos, rather than have him sit out completely.

"If that's what we think ends up being the best thing for us and the best thing for Darrelle, absolutely," the coach said.

Pace made his regular-season debut Monday after missing the first four games with a broken right foot. He was extremely sore Wednesday, but he said he'll be fine to play.

"He felt good today," Ryan said. "Yesterday, he was probably worse than Darrelle. That's how sore he was, but he did really well today, did exactly what was asked."

The Jets have a bye after their game against the Broncos.

Ryan didn't mince words when asked about the matchup between the Jets' offense and Revis' counterpart, Champ Bailey, who will try to stifle New York's 25th-ranked passing offense.

"Champ Bailey is a heck of a player. He used to be the best corner of the league, now he's probably 2 or 3. But we have the No. 1 guy, I think Champ will tell you."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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