Veteran Corner Can Rejoin Team On Monday, Likely Will Face Fine For Going AWOL

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dimitri Patterson is free to rejoin the Jets on Monday, the team announced on Tuesday night.

The veteran cornerback’s suspension will last for the rest of the preseason, which officially ends after the Jets get down to the required 53 players this weekend.

The Jets did not reveal what if any additional discipline there will be, but many suspect Patterson will face some kind of a fine for skipping out on the preseason game against the Giants last Friday. He didn’t return to the team until Sunday. The Jets then announced Monday that Patterson had been suspended indefinitely.

The reasons for his absence have not been officially revealed, though the Daily News reported Patterson went AWOL because he was not pleased with the Jets’ corner rotation.

The Jets envisioned Patterson to be a starter when they signed him to a one-year, $3 million contract during the offseason, but injuries have limited his play and effectiveness during the preseason.

New York is down several players at corner, including presumed starter Dee Milliner and third-round pick Dexter McDougle, due to injuries.

The Jets conclude their preseason schedule on Thursday night at the Philadelphia Eagles. Their regular season opener is on Sept. 7 at home against the Oakland Raiders.

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