Darrelle Revis, Calvin Pace near return

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The New York Jets' injury-plagued defense could be whole for next week's "Monday Night Football" game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Cornerback Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and outside linebacker Calvin Pace (broken foot) are expected to return to action, coach Rex Ryan said after Sunday's 38-14 rout of the Buffalo Bills.

On Friday, both players returned to practice on a limited basis. The Jets had hoped Pace would be ready to face the Bills, but he didn't make the trip and was downgraded Saturday to out. He's six weeks removed from surgery to repair a broken foot.

The Jets have played 2½ games without Revis, who pulled a hamstring late in the first half of their Week 2 win over the New England Patriots. The team is taking a conservative approach with their star corner, hoping to prevent a nagging, season-long injury.

They ruled out him on Thursday from the Bills game, but his return to practice -- albeit limited -- provided encouragement for the organization. Initially, Revis called it a one- to two-week injury.

"I think Darrelle Revis will be back and I think Calvin Pace will be back," Ryan said.

Revis was replaced by rookie Kyle Wilson, who lost the starting job after one game. Wilson was replaced by Drew Coleman, who did a solid job against the Bills. Pace was replaced by Jason Taylor in the starting lineup. It's possible that Pace will return as a situational pass-rusher, but he will add depth to a defense that can be dominating when healthy.

The Jets did suffer one injury Sunday: Defensive end Shaun Ellis sprained the patella tendon in his left knee. Ellis was injured in the third quarter and didn't return. He reported soreness, but he's hoping to play against the Vikings. Ryan said the injury isn't serious.

Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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