Bowles: Defensive Coordinator Suffering From 'Serious Illness,' But Said To Be 'Feeling Better' As He Awaits Test Results

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers briefly returned to the team’s facility, and coach Todd Bowles says there’s a “small chance” he coaches against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Rodgers is dealing with what Bowles characterized last week as a “serious” illness. The 49-year-old assistant coach wasn’t with the team last Sunday for its 34-16 win over Denver.

“He took some tests,” Bowles said Wednesday. “We’re waiting for results next week. He’s in good spirits.”

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Rodgers had a medical appointment last Thursday and was not with the team for practice Friday, when a somber Bowles revealed that Rogers was dealing with an illness.

On Wednesday, Bowles appeared more upbeat about his longtime friend.

“I’ve seen him,” Bowles said. “He feels better, but the test doesn’t come back until next week.”

Bowles said Rodgers spent some time in his office, but left before practice.

“He wasn’t here long,” the coach said. “He was here for a little bit.”

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When asked if it was nice for him to see Rodgers back at work, Bowles simply said: “He needs to rest.”

The head coach ran the defense against the Broncos and would do so again this week if Rodgers remains sidelined. The Jets had a solid performance, sacking Case Keenum four times and preventing Denver’s offense from getting anything going consistently.

“I can do better,” Bowles said when asked if he liked how he called the defensive gameplan.

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