The New York Jets have suspended Dimitri Patterson after he reported to General manager John Idzik
Update: 7:42pm It is not reported that Patterson will return to practice Monday to prepare for the first game of the season.
Update: The Jets have stated that Patterson will be eligible for return on September 1st. “Suspended for remainder of pre-season”
Patterson blames media for saying he was AWOL.
The reports of his being absent without leave are “totally false,”says Patterson, according to USA Today.
“There’s no need for concern,” Patterson told USA TODAY Sports on Monday.
“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.”
General manager John Idzik:
“He did come in and talk with Rex and me last night,” Idzik said during Monday afternoon’s practice. “It’s always good to speak directly, so that there’s nothing lost in translation or there’s nothing presumed. So it’s good to finally speak to Dimitri and hear his side. I think what we’re going to do now is he will be suspended indefinitely. That will give us a little time to gather more information around what led to his behavior. I think that way, we feel like we’ll make a very well-informed decision as to what discipline will be forthcoming. And there will be discipline involved.”
It remains to be seen if he’ll be find, cut our play in the season opener.