Dimitri Patterson Released by Jets: Latest Details, Analysis and Reaction

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2014

FILE - This is a 2014, file photo showing Dimitri Patterson of the New York Jets NFL football team. The Jets have
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Updates from Saturday, Aug. 30

Pro Football Talk provides an update on Dimitri Patterson's status with the Jets:

Adam Schefter of ESPN indicates Patterson may already be drawing interest from other teams:

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 28

Dimitri Patterson has released a statement regarding the news that he has been suspended by the Jets via Josina Anderson of ESPN:

As it relates to my whereabouts and me missing for 48 hours without being seen or heard from me or my representative is completely false. My agent reached out to the Jets organization multiple times several hours prior to Friday night's game. My commitment to the Jets organization and to my teammates has never been an issue and never will be an issue. As it relates to the rumors about my frustration in regards to the depth chart is totally and completely false. In nine years I have never had control over the depth chart.

Brian Costello of the New York Post speculates on further action the Jets could take against Patterson:


Original Text

The New York Jets have suspended Dimitri Patterson for the remainder of the preseason after the cornerback went AWOL from the team last week.

The Jets announced that Patterson can return to the team on Sept. 1:

Patterson cut off contact with the team before it played the New York Giants last Friday night, per NJ.com's Dom Cosentino. Then on Sunday night, he and the Jets opened up a line of communication again.

NFL.com's Kimberly Jones reported that Patterson was suspended indefinitely by the Jets. General manager John Idzik offered a cryptic comment about his status with the team:

Head coach Rex Ryan was also vague about the issue, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

For his part, Patterson said he believed too much was being made of his missed time, per USA Today's Josh Peter:

There's no need for concern. The reports about me going AWOL are totally false. I have my reason for missing those days. I'm not going to go into specifics, but I've discussed those reasons with the people I need to discuss them with. But as far as going AWOL, no, that's totally false.

At least now, Patterson has a timetable during which he's prohibited from team activities. Giving him a return date of Sept. 1 also allows him the chance to get in the team's good graces before Week 1 of the regular season. The Jets welcome the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 7.

Brian Costello of the New York Post thought that Patterson arguably got off easy:

ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini countered that the "additional terms of discipline" might be the real punishment:

This looks to be the end of one of the more bizarre preseason stories of the past few years. Few players enjoy training camp, but even fewer decide to up and leave altogether.

Patterson is still listed as a starting cornerback on the Jets depth chart. Although he caused a minor nuisance in the past week, his place on the team doesn't look to be under threat.

With the injuries that have already hit New York's secondary, it can ill afford to get rid of a healthy defensive back.