After 48 hours of wondering where he went and what he was doing, Dimitri Patterson returned to the Jets on Sunday evening. Patterson met with team officials Sunday, and on Monday general manager John Idzik stated that New York’s offseason acquisition will be suspended indefinitely, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.
Idzik did say that Patterson’s suspension will be short, but he and his staff want to conduct a thorough investigation as to why the former Miami Dolphin disappeared. “It will give us more time to gather more information, what led to his behavior,” Idzik told reporters.
“That way we’ll make a well-informed decision on what discipline will be forthcoming — and there will be discipline involved.”
Dimitri Patterson was missing from Friday night’s game against the New York Giants, despite being present for the team’s walk-through that same day. ESPN’s Josina Anderson received a text Monday from the Jet, writing, “Yes, I’m ok and I’m not going AWOL either. Comical.”
This situation has to be troubling for the Jets, who are severely short at the cornerback position. Patterson was projected as the second starting corner, opposite injured Dee Milliner, provided both men are fully healthy on opening day. Friday night, converted corner Antonio Allen suffered a concussion as well, putting his availability in jeopardy heading into the start of the season.
That leaves New York with Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster as their current starters, which can’t make coach Rex Ryan or the fans feeling very comfortable.