Jets’ GM John Idzik said that Dimitri Patterson is “suspended indefinitely.”
“[Patterson] will be suspended indefinitely, and that will allow us to gather more information to what led to his behavior,” Idzik said.
Idzik expects the suspension to be brief, he said.
Patterson was not at practice on Monday.
Both Rex Ryan and John Idzik met with Patterson on Sunday night. He had been AWOL since Friday.
Patterson said he is not going AWOL:
The Jets signed Patterson to a one-year, $3 million deal in April (TJB, April 1).
After Patterson went AWOL Friday night, Idzik and Ryan discuss the situation and confirm that he’ll rejoin the team…
Patterson didn’t show up for Friday’s game against the Giants and the team didn’t know why. It wasn’t until Saturday that they found out that Patterson was OK, but he was also missing on Sunday.
In a conference call with reporters on Sunday, GM John Idzik said that neither himself nor coach Rex Ryan has been able to contact Patterson. Drew Rosenhaus, who represents Patterson, assured the Jets that he is physically fine, but offered no further explanation for his absence.
Patterson, who has been dealing with multiple injuries this preseason, was with the team prior to Friday nights game at MetLife stadium but was reported missing by game time. Although he has been dealing with injuries, Idzik described Patterson as “very engaged” and has been helpful with the younger cornerbacks.
“That’s what’s really baffling,” Idzik said. “There really wasn’t any warning that we had something like this. There was nothing to indicate this kind of behavior.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comFirst off, we hope that Patterson is OK, and we’re glad that the guy is “physically” fine. What is implied from Rosenhaus’s statement is that something might be mentally/psychologically wrong with Patterson. If that’s the case then I am conflicted on how to respond to this whole thing. I guess it comes down to what the circumstances might be.
Even so, the veteran cornerback must know what’s at stake right now for the Jets; his influence is massive in how the season could plays out for the Jets — for good or ill. Was whatever circumstance so dire that he couldn’t be there for his teammates?
I mentioned that I didn’t see Patterson on the sideline during the Giants game while Dee Milliner was very visibly cheering on his teammates. Right now, the Jets secondary is falling apart before our eyes. Ryan said in May that he expects Patterson to be a starter for this team and everything so far has indicated that he would be. Patterson was supposed to be one of the stabilizing forces during this tumultuous time and now he’s flaking out for two-plus days during the preseason. This is not what we’re looking for from the secondary in late August.
As it stands right now, Jets GM John Idzik might have played it too cute with his secondary and now the team scrambling to find answers. Shockingly, it would seem that they need a better plan than lowballing Asante Samuel.
There’s still time for everything to come around for the Jets, but the window is starting to slide shut. Maybe Antonio Allen and Dee Milliner can heal up quickly. Maybe Dimitri Patterson comes back to the team with a new lease on life. Maybe the backups finally start to step up.Maybe.