Dimitri Patterson: I didn't go AWOL
Dimitri Patterson says he didn't go AWOL at all.
The suspended Jets cornerback denied that he went missing for several days without contacting the team.
"As it relates to my whereabouts and me missing for 48 hours without being seen or heard from me or my representative is completely false," Patterson reportedly wrote in a statement Thursday to ESPN's Josina Anderson. "My agent [Drew Rosenhaus] reached out to the Jets organization multiple times several hours before Friday night's game.
"My commitment to the Jets organization and to my teammates has never been an issue and never will be an issue. As it relates to the rumors about my frustration in regards to the depth chart is totally and completely false. In nine years I have never had control over the depth chart."
General manager John Idzik announced Monday that Patterson had been suspended "indefinitely" after he failed to show up for last week's game against the Giants and didn't communicate his whereabouts to the organization for 48 hours.
Idzik indicated there would be additional discipline, and on Tuesday the Jets announced that Patterson had been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and would be eligible to return on Monday. The Jets would not disclose additional terms of discipline, but it's widely believed he also was fined.
Jets coach Rex Ryan looked annoyed when Patterson's comments were brought up after Thursday night's game, but he refused to shed light on the situation. "Well, again, you know, we'll address that at the appropriate time," Ryan said.
Asked if Patterson will be on the roster Monday, Ryan paused before saying, "Again, I'm not going to address it until Monday."
Fox Sports 1 reported on Thursday that Patterson told the Jets his absence was due to a "personal issue, not just playing time."