BOARDMAN, Ohio There was a cease-fire in the war of words between Randy Moss and Darrelle Revis on Monday. Instead, Moss showered the Jets cornerback with praise.
"I know that's a big blow to their organization," Moss said in reaction to the news that Revis would miss the rest of the season with an ACL tear suffered Sunday.
"So hopefully he recovers well and comes back strong next year," Moss said. "Like I said, I've always been a big fan of Darrelle Revis. I've always put him in the upper echelon class of cornerbacks, if not the best cornerback in the league."
The matchup between Moss and Revis was a twice-a-year subplot when Moss played for the Patriots from 2007 to 2010, and the two reliably supplied spicy sound bites before and after they met.
Playing a word association game, Revis once said "slouch" when asked about Moss.
"In the second half, you could tell he was kind of like putting his foot on the brake," Revis said of Moss after another game. "But everybody knows that's Randy sometimes he plays 100 percent, sometimes he doesn't."
After Moss had just four receptions for 24 yards in a Jets win in 2009, he shrugged and said Revis needed help from his safeties to shut him down.
In a meeting the following year, Moss had a sensational one-handed catch against Revis in the end zone, and Revis injured his hamstring on the play.
However, speaking Monday at a children's hospital near Youngstown, Ohio, where the 49ers will practice this week, Moss and his 49ers teammates showed genuine disappointment that Revis would not play in their upcoming contest in the Meadowlands.
"I always wanted to go against (Revis)," said tight end Vernon Davis, who leads the 49ers with four touchdown catches. "I heard he was the best. I want to compete against the best."
In eight matchups against the Jets (2007-10) one when Moss was with the Minnesota Vikings in 2010 he had 34 catches for 487 yards and five touchdowns.
In some games, Revis and his teammates indeed muted Moss' impact. In others, Moss exploded, such as a 2007 game in which he had nine catches for 183 yards and a touchdown.
Moss, 35, is unlikely to have that kind of output Sunday despite Revis' absence.
Through three games, he has been part of a wide receiver rotation that includes Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams. Another wide receiver, Ted Ginn, also appears close to returning from an ankle injury.
Furthermore, Moss was not part of the three-wide receiver formations the 49ers used when they fell behind Sunday in Minnesota. Instead, they used Moss as the single wide receiver in run formations because opponents tend to keep a safety deep when he is on the field.
After Week 3, Moss has eight catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. He played just seven snaps in the second half of Sunday's loss and, as was the case a week earlier, refused to discuss his playing time after the game.
Still, he has been expansive about other topics, such as returning to Minnesota and his rivalry with Revis and the Jets.
"I don't know how much of a factor it will be on our game plan," he said when asked about Revis' injury. "But just the history of the New York Jets, coach Rex Ryan's defense I know that's a big blow to their organization."