The New York Jets haven’t seen nor heard from starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson since before Friday’s preseason game against the New York Giants, according to a report.
He did not show up for Friday’s game and the team only learned that Patterson was OK physically on Saturday.
“I’d like to speak to Dimitri,” Idzik said Sunday. “Again, I don’t want to speculate on anything until I have a direct conversation with anyone, much less the player, just to figure out what’s going on. So we really don’t know. We can only surmise and we don’t want to speculate.”
Patterson’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told NJ.com that Patterson would report to the Jets later Sunday. The agent offered no other comment.
Idzik said Patterson was at meetings, a walk-through and the pre-game meal on Friday and that neither he nor Ryan was given any warning or indication why Patterson would not show up on game day.
Ryan said he was “shocked” Patterson has gone incommunicado for more than 48 hours.
“I still feel that way,” Ryan said. “I’m not real comfortable talking about it until we talk to Dimitri and find out what’s going on.”
Patterson, a well-traveled nine-year veteran, signed a one-year deal with the Jets in the spring and is a projected starter at corner, where the Jets are already thin.
The 31-year-old missed the Jets’ second preseason game at Cincinnati because of injuries to his calf, quad and ankle. He had one tackle in the preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 7.
The Jets already have problems at cornerback—Dee Milliner has a high ankle sprain and his status for the season opener on Sept. 7 is unknown and rookie Dexter McDougle is out for the season with a torn ACL.
Patterson played in six games, starting four, last season for the Miami Dolphins. He had four interceptions, 19 tackles and a sack.
He was an undrafted free agent out of Tuskegee Institute who signed with the Washington Redskins in 2005 and has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns in regular season action. He was also a training camp player for the Minnesota Vikings in 2006.