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Jets: No Warning on Patterson’s Absence

Posted Aug 24, 2014

GM John Idzik and HC Rex Ryan Have not Seen or Heard From CB Dimitri Patterson Since Friday's Team Meal Prior to Game

Already thin at the cornerback position, the Jets depth has taken an unexpected hit. Veteran CB Dimitri Patterson did not attend the Jets/Giants game Friday and further his unexcused absence Sunday as the Green & White resumed practice here in Florham Park, NJ.

“He’s been helpful as a veteran. He’s been helpful to our young guys because we knew our young guys were going to get increased reps going down the stretch of preseason,” GM John Idzik told reporters. “So there really wasn’t any warning that we had of something like this. There was nothing to indicate this kind of behavior.”

Patterson, who has battled various leg ailments in training camp, attended meetings Friday and also was at the team’s pregame meal. But the Jets, who received assurances Saturday from a third party that Patterson is physically okay, have not seen him or heard from him since.

“My first emotion obviously is his well-being. That was what you’re concerned with first and then selfishly we want Dimitri on this football team,” said Rex Ryan. “I think we made that clear when we signed him that we had big plans for him and obviously we’d like to see him out here. So I’m a little shocked that he wasn’t here (and I) still feel that way. I’m not real comfortable talking about it until we talk to Dimitri and find out what’s going on.”

The 31-year-old Patterson, in his ninth NFL season out of Tuskegee, has nine career interceptions and totaled four in just six games last season with the Dolphins. He is atop the depth chart on the outside across from Dee Milliner. The aforementioned Milliner is still out with a sprained ankle, rookie Dexter McDougle is on injured reserve, DB Antonio Allen is undergoing concussion protocol and the Jets released veteran Ras-I Dowling this weekend.

“Oh shoot, you just go on. You go about your business, you coach the guys that are here, the guys that are healthy, and that’s what we are going to do,” Ryan said. “We don’t look back regardless. We hope Dimitri, that everything works out, and that he is with us and things. But again, we are going to be full steam ahead, and that’s the way we’ll handle our business.”

Notes: Mike Vick will start in the exhibition finale vs. the Eagles, but Ryan said No. 1 won’t be out there long. Rookie Jalen Saunders, who was in a non-contact jersey today, is expected to be cleared for practice tomorrow and Ryan indicated he would see plenty of action — both at WR and PR — in Philly. And with the release of Jacoby Ford, the Jets have a new top kickoff return man in Saalim Hakim.




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