Florham Park, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Jets handed cornerback Dimitri Patterson an indefinite suspension after he met with the team Sunday and explained why he went AWOL for two days.
Jets GM John Idzik did not share Patterson’s reasons when they met with him Sunday, though an investigation about his disappearance is underway.
Idzik shared to reporters, “It will give us more time to gather more information, what led to his behavior.”
Patterson’s acts paved the way for Idzik to question his commitment to the team. Releasing Patterson is an option that is not being ruled out by the Jets.
But this is unlikely to happen since the team has a long list of injured cornerbacks and can’t afford to lose one more.
Jets coach Rex Ryan also kept confidential about the meeting and said, “It’s a serious situation.”
This was the first time Ryan experienced to have a player go AWOL under him.
Patterson missed Friday’s game against the New York Giants though he was present at meetings and a pre-game meal.
Speculation about Patterson being unhappy with his role with the team are spreading. Another reason is his frustration with his injury-plagued career which keeps him off the field often.
Patterson denied all allegations and told USA Today he did not go AWOL.
“I always was in a great mindset, and I always will be, and I love my life. So there’s nothing that would cause me just to go AWOL, so those reports are totally false.”
Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster are now filling in the starter corner positions for the Jets.