Sports and Scores
 

Jets suspend CB Dimitri Patterson 'indefinitely'

(AP Photo/File)

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.


Associated Press

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Dimitri Patterson ended his puzzling absence after 48 hours, but his future with the New York Jets is now uncertain.

The Jets "indefinitely" suspended the veteran cornerback Monday after he left the team Friday without contacting the organization. General manager John Idzik said Patterson spoke to him and coach Rex Ryan on Sunday night, but neither Idzik nor Ryan would discuss the reason for the absence.

"Obviously, Dimitri felt he acted appropriately, but until we discussed it last night, you don't understand," Idzik said. "And, to be honest, we're still trying to understand all that went behind it. So, I would rather not characterize it."

Idzik added that the "indefinite" suspension will be "brief," but the 31-year-old Patterson will face more discipline once the team has gathered all the facts. Patterson wasn't on the practice field Monday.

"It'll give us a little time to gather more information around what led to his behavior," Idzik said. "I think that way, we'll feel like we'll make a very well-informed decision as to what discipline will be forthcoming - and there will be discipline involved."

Idzik wouldn't speculate whether that could result in further suspension, fines or Patterson being released. Ryan said "it's safe to say" he has never been involved in a situation in which a player didn't show up for a game.

"I don't want to say anything one way or the other about the situation because it's a serious situation," Ryan said after practice. "How I feel, whatever, I'll just leave as private thoughts right now."

Patterson was with the team last Thursday night at a walkthrough practice at Hofstra University. Idzik said he was also at meetings, a walkthrough and the pregame meal Friday, but didn't show for the preseason game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Patterson, who has been dealing with ankle, calf and quadriceps injuries all summer, was expected to play against the Giants, but it was uncertain how much. He gave the Jets no warning he would leave the team, and no one in the organization knew if Patterson was even OK physically until his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was able to confirm that Saturday.

Idzik announced that Patterson had gone missing during a conference call Sunday. A few hours later, Patterson, through Rosenhaus, told Idzik he would return to the facility that night to speak to them.

"The conversations we had with Dimitri will remain private," Idzik said. "He presented what led up to that, and basically last night was a listening session for Rex and for me, to understand what went into it. Now that the lines of communication are open, there will be two-way discourse now, which I think will be healthy."

In a text message to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Patterson said he was OK, but took issue with reports that said he was AWOL, calling them "comical."

When told of Patterson's comments, Idzik said: "I'll just say, he left and we didn't hear from him until we saw him yesterday evening."

Patterson's teammates said they had no idea he was going to not show up for the game, and they were surprised to hear he was nowhere to be found.

"Dimitri's a great person and I never expected him not to show for the game," cornerback Darrin Walls said. "I've never known him to miss anything. He's always on time and he's always present for everything else, so to not see him was kind of a shock."

Quarterback Michael Vick became good friends with Patterson while the two played together for two years in Philadelphia. Vick was sad to hear about the situation.

"Dimitri's a great player and a guy who has put in a lot of hard work throughout the course of his career, and he has an opportunity to do some great things with this team," Vick said. "I don't know what happened. I just hope it works out for him."

Patterson was expected to start for the Jets as long as he was healthy. New York signed him to a one-year, $3 million deal in April, but now there are questions about his commitment to the team.

"That's what we're going to try to decipher," Idzik said. "That's why you really want to get to the bottom of it."

The Jets are in troubling shape at cornerback with Patterson's situation the latest in a dismal summer for the team at that spot. Top cornerback Dee Milliner is still recovering from a high ankle sprain and might not be ready for the regular-season opener. Third-round pick Dexter McDougle is out for the year with a torn knee ligament, and safety-turned-cornerback Antonio Allen is dealing with a concussion.

But before Patterson is reinstated, the Jets are gathering information to find out whether he can be counted on.

"I think you have to let that kind of unfold," Idzik said. "We're still going through that. Trust is earned over time."

---

AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Updated August 25, 2014

? © 2014 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

Audio On Demand

Michael Irvin with Dale a…

Michael Irvin with Dale and Holley

Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in with the Dale and Holley show and offers up some perspective on the Seahawks locker room situation, and whether the supposed discord amongst other players and quarterback Russell Wilson is part of the reason why the Seahawks have struggled on the field of late.

Devin McCourty breaks down Pats-Bears 10-24-14

Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.

Adam Schefter, The Broncos are better than last year 10-24-14

Adam Schefter breaks down the Patriots and Darrelle Revis, Russel Wilson and the Seahawks, and Jay Cutler and the Bears

We Hate Dwyane Wade - Ran…

We Hate Dwyane Wade - Ranking the Best/Worst in the NBA

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, Celtics will struggle to make the playoffs. 10-23-14

Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.

We Hate Dwyane Wade - Kirk Minihane Previews the Celtics

Kirk Minihane joins the We Hate Dwyane Wade Show to preview the upcoming Celtics season. Ben and Sam also discuss the Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green trade rumors and dabble in the classic NBA analytics debate.

Joe Castiglione wraps up …

Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2014 Red Sox Season with a Poem

Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.

Mut and Bradford on the disappointing season for Jackie Bradley, Jr and Xander Bogaerts 9-28-14

Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.

Minor Details Ep. 101: Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett on the state of the Red Sox system

Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.

Joe McDonald, ESPN Boston…

Joe McDonald, ESPN Boston, reacts to the Chara Injury 10-24-14

Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Bruins are playing much better hockey 10-23-14

Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the Bruins, the Johnny Boychuck trade, and the rest of the NHL

Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley

We talk pucks with Jack Edwards of NESN for his take on an impressive win over the San Jose Sharks and the state of the B's in general.

Rodney Harrison on Russel…

Rodney Harrison on Russell Wilson 10-24-14

Rodney discussed Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Ebola is in NYC 10-24-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

Mike Freeman questions is Russell Wilson is black enough 10-124-14

The guys discussed Freeman's story on Russell Wilson.

Devin McCourty breaks dow…

Devin McCourty breaks down Pats-Bears 10-24-14

Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.

Three For All- Notre Dame Football Player dating Porn Star Lisa Ann

Adam Schefter, The Broncos are better than last year 10-24-14

Adam Schefter breaks down the Patriots and Darrelle Revis, Russel Wilson and the Seahawks, and Jay Cutler and the Bears

Michael Irvin: Seahawks a…

Michael Irvin: Seahawks are exhibit A on why it's so hard to repeat in the NFL

Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in with the Dale and Holley show and offers up some perspective on the Seahawks locker room situation, and whether the supposed discord amongst other players and quarterback Russell Wilson is part of the reason why the Seahawks have struggled on the field of late.

Broncos win again in impressive fashion: will the Patriots be able to stop them when it counts?

We discuss another impressive win by Peyton Manning and the Broncos and think long term for the 2014 season about whether or not the Patriots will have enough firepower to beat the Broncos in crunch time: the playoffs.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Boston vs Chicago Edition 10/24/14

We tackle four topics that pit Boston against Chicago in one form or another.

10 Years since the Red So…

10 Years since the Red Sox began their comeback and eventual World Series Championship

Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.

The Patriots record during the regular season and Super Bowl

Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.

Bill Belichick and the Patriots Draft History

Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.

SoccerCast - AJ Soares 10…

SoccerCast - AJ Soares 10-23-14

AJ Soares joins the show to talk about the Revs run to the playoffs, how Jermaine Jones has impacted the team, and should Lee Nguyen for MVP.

We Hate Dwyane Wade - Ranking the Best/Worst in the NBA

Sausage and Curtis fight back 10-21-14

The Dennis & Callahan Show producers fight back.

Rodney Harrison on Russel…

Rodney Harrison on Russell Wilson 10-24-14

Rodney discussed Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

More from this show

Kirk Minihane blasts his …

Kirk Minihane blasts his own show, 10-22-14

Sausage and Lumpy, the producers for the D&C show, recorded a podcast yesterday. They left A LOT of stuff on the cutting room floor. Luckily, MFB picked it all up and played the unedited version during the midday show. Kirk joined the show to discuss how hard it is working with Callahan and his two producers.

More from this show

A rainy morning on D&C 10…

A rainy morning on D&C 10-23-14

The guys opened the show discussing the disgusting weather.

More from this show

John Buccigross on hockey…

John Buccigross on hockey's popularity 10-23-14

The guys discussed hockey's place on the American sports landscape.

More from this show

Darrelle Revis sent home …

Darrelle Revis sent home for being late to team meeting: Response and Reaction

We discuss the breaking news that Darrelle Revis was sent home yesterday for being late to scheduled team activities. Was it the right move by Bill Belichick? We discuss.

More from this show

Weei Writers