Revis was injured Sunday when he attempted to intercept a Cam Newton pass near the sideline. He was attended to by the medical staff but was able to walk off the field under his own power. He was looked at briefly on the bench and then taken to the locker room for more observations.
The injury was announced at the start of the second half. Revis' departure hurt the Buccaneers right away. Detroit star Calvin Johnson caught two passes on the Lions' first drive of the third quarter. Revis, a three-time All-Pro, was traded to the Bucs last spring. He sat out during the preseason while recovering from knee surgery and has progressively regained his form during the regular season.
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 hasn'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.
Revis, the $96 million cornerback acquired from the New York Jets and returning from October knee surgery, began practicing with the Bucs' first defensive unit.
The three-time All-Pro cornerback, who is the centerpiece of an effort to overhaul the NFL's worst pass defense has been cleared medically to participate in some activities after missing most of last season with the New York Jets following surgery to repair a torn knee ligament. The Bucs obtained Revis from the Jets in exchange for the 13th overall pick in the 2013 draft, then signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract.
The centerpiece of coach Greg Schiano's effort to overhaul the NFL's worst pass defense is not expected to participate in full-speed drills during a mandatory mini-camp next week. Revis, however, has been working out with a team trainer and spending time on the sidelines observing teammates during voluntary practices known as organized team activities.
Revis left New Jersey on Sunday morning to fly to Tampa, the source told the AP on condition of anonymity because the teams have not spoken publicly about the potential deal. Revis, recovering from a torn knee ligament, is expected to take a physical after he arrives at the Buccaneers' facility.
The Bucs announced the deal Sunday, saying Revis agreed to a new six-year contract. Revis' agents confirmed the deal is worth $96 million, with no guaranteed money, but makes him one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL. The Jets also receive a conditional fourth-round pick in next year's draft that will become a third-rounder if Revis, who is coming off a torn ligament in his left knee, is on the Buccaneers' roster on the third day of the 2014 league year.
Revis reported Monday for the first day of the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program and was looked at by Jets doctors, a few hours after having an MRI exam with Dr. Russell Warren, the Giants' team orthopedist, at a hospital in Manhattan. Revis was reportedly cleared by Warren to begin running without restrictions.
Revis, who has been rehabilitating his surgically repaired left knee in Arizona, did not speak with reporters who were waiting outside the entrance to the Jets' training complex, driving past without acknowledging them.