Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26
The New York Jets have announced what they plan to do with Dimitri Patterson in wake of missing last week's game vs. the Giants:
Team has suspended CB Dimitri Patterson for remainder of preseason. Add'l terms of discipline will not be disclosed. Eligible to return 9/1— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 26, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 25
Following Dimitri Patterson's absence, he has been suspended by the Jets (via Kimberly Jones of NFL.com):
NYJ: John Idzik says CB Dimitri Patterson has been suspended indefinitely & team will "gather more information on what led to his behavior."— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) August 25, 2014
Given injuries/absence, can Jets trust Patterson? Idzik said: "Trust is earned over time." My guess is that translates, eventually, to "no."— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) August 25, 2014
Rex Ryan also spoke on Patterson (via Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press and Jones):
Rex prefers to not comment on Patterson situation. Calls it "serious," but won't go into details. He's happy he's OK physically. #Jets— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) August 25, 2014
Rex Ryan on Patterson: "I've never been in a situation where a player has not shown up for a game." Glad he's ok. Otherwise defers to Idzik.— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) August 25, 2014
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported on why Patterson may have missed the game vs. the Giants:
The Daily News has learned that the 31-year-old Patterson wasn’t happy with the team’s cornerback pecking order, prompting the peculiar decision not to show up to MetLife Stadium. Patterson, who has been dealing with ankle, calf and quad injuries during the past month, has been dropped on the depth chart, much to his discontent.
Earlier, Kristian Dyer of Metro New York has the latest on Patterson:
Dimitri Patterson is currently at the Jets facility. #Nyjets— Kristian Dyer (@KristianRDyer) August 25, 2014
Patterson also spoke to Josina Anderson of ESPN:
#Jets CB Dimitri Patterson just text me this: "Yes, I'm ok and I'm not going AWOL either. Comical."— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 25, 2014
The New York Jets are already thin enough in the secondary without players turning up missing.
Unfortunately for Rex Ryan and Co., that's exactly what happened for Friday's Week 3 preseason contest against the New York Giants, as cornerback Dimitri Patterson went AWOL from the team.
Ryan and general manager John Idzik confirmed during a press conference they had no communication with Patterson—who attended the walkthrough and team meal on Friday before missing the game—for 48 hours, per NJ.com's Dom Cosentino.
Idzik discussed the odd situation:
"I'd like to speak to Dimitri. Again, I don’t want to speculate on anything until I have a direct conversation with anyone, much less the player, just to figure out what’s going on. So we really don’t know. We can only surmise and we don’t want to speculate."
He eventually got his wish. The team announced Sunday night that Patterson returned to team facilities to meet with his head coach and general manager:
Coach Ryan and John Idizk met with CB Dimitri Patterson this evening.— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 25, 2014
This is an unusual situation, to say the least. There's likely much more to this story, but Idzik did say the 31-year-old journeyman corner, who has been dealing with lower-body issues, is fine physically.
The Jets can hardly afford any more blows to their secondary. Projected starters Dee Milliner (corner) and Antonio Allen (safety) are questionable for Week 1, slot corner Kyle Wilson is banged up and rookie corner Dexter McDougle suffered a season-ending ACL tear during training camp.
If Patterson misses time, New York's starting corners would presumably be Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster. Even with a tremendous defensive line, it's tough to win games with career backups starting on the outside.
The Jets open the season Sept. 7 at home against the Oakland Raiders, and obviously, the hope in New York is that Patterson is OK both on and off the field.