Eyebrows across Jets Nation were raised Monday when Darrelle Revis announced that his knee surgery would be performed by Russell Warren, the Giants' team doctor.
Considering the competitive feelings between the Jets and Giants, the decision seemed a bit odd. It certainly could be perceived as a slight toward the Jets' medical staff.
"I have a great deal of confidence in our doctors and training staff," GM Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement to ESPNNewYork.com. "However, ultimately, these decisions are up to the preference of the player, and we respect Darrelle’s decision. We are all just focused on making sure he has the resources and support he needs for a successful recovery."
Players have the right to choose their own surgeon, based on the collective bargaining agreement. According to the Jets, five of 14 knee surgeries since 2006 were performed by non-Jets personnel. Citing privacy laws, the team didn't release the names of the doctors.
Just last week, Santonio Holmes went to Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte to have a Lisfranc injury in his foot surgically repaired. Anderson, a renowned foot specialist, is the Panthers' team doctor. Many NFL players go to Dr. James Andrews, a well-known orthopedist in Birmingham, Ala. He's the Redskins' team doctor.
But they don't work for the Giants, and you know how it is with Jets-Giants around these parts. Revis' decision blew up message boards on the Jets' fan websites. In the end, Revis evidently felt more comfortable with Warren than with the Jets' doctors.
"Yeah, I got different opinions from other doctors," Revis said Monday. "Dr. Andrews has done a bunch of people, Adrian Peterson [and] a bunch of other guys in the NFL. You have to get different opinions from different doctors.
"This is your health," he continued. "This is my health, and I just want to make sure I can educate myself as much as I can, so I know what the doctors are talking about, because sometimes they can talk over your head. I think just going through this process you have to do that."
Revis' surgery was performed Tuesday. His ACL was repaired with a patellar-tendon graft. The typical recovery time is six to nine months.