On Monday, the New York Jets decided to suspend cornerback Dimitri Patterson indefinitely after he went missing for two days with no notice to the team and missed their preseason game against the New York Giants on Friday.
Patterson did return to the team and talked things over with John Idzik and Rex Ryan, but clearly they were unhappy with his decision to bail on the team with no notice, which is why they handed down the suspension this close to the regular season. Even though Patterson wasn't cut from the team just yet, his future has to be in doubt, especially by pulling a stunt like that in a time where the Jets can't afford to lose anymore defensive backs.
“I think it’s more of his issue,” said right guard Willie Colon. “I think the team is in good spirits right now. We’re excited about getting ready to start the season. I think right now, we understand that we have a good thing with us, and if somebody is not willing to be on the train with us, then maybe they just need to be left behind and we move on. I don’t know enough about him or his situation to really speculate about it. It’s weird, but it’s his situation. We’ve got bigger fish to fry right now."
“I think if there is something where it’s: ‘Hey, man, I was having a moment or a bad day or I was going through something,’ say that,” Colon said. “Every teammate who puts their hand in the pile deserves an explanation to some degree. You don’t have to go into detail, but there’s a level of accountability we have to answer to.”
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