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Jets announce Dimitri Patterson suspended for rest of preseason

Jets cornerback Dimitri Patterson (24) talks with reporters

Jets cornerback Dimitri Patterson (24) talks with reporters during training camp in Cortland, N.Y., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Credit: Hans Pennink

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets announced Tuesday night that they have suspended Dimitri Patterson for the remainder of the preseason. He is eligible to return to the team on Sept. 1.

The team would not disclose additional terms of discipline.

General manager John Idzik announced Monday that the cornerback had been suspended "indefinitely" after Patterson went AWOL for 48 hours and missed last week's game against the Giants. Idzik said the "brief" suspension would allow them to gather more information about what led to Patterson's unexcused absence. The GM did say there will be further "discipline involved."

A source told Newsday Monday that he's frustrated by his playing time and believes he should be starting.

Patterson has been nursing quadriceps, calf and foot injuries for much of camp and didn't play against the Bengals. And he wouldn't have started against the Giants.

"No, we weren't going to put him with the starters," said Rex Ryan, who added that a decision regarding Patterson's status wouldn't be made before Thursday night's game in Philadelphia. "He hadn't really worked to that extent. But that doesn't mean we wouldn't have put him in there with the ones at some point."

 

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Darrin Walls did not practice because of an unspecified but "minor" leg injury, Ryan said. Walls won't play vs. the Eagles, but will be ready for Week 1 against Oakland . . . Willie Colon, Chris Johnson (rest days) and Demario Davis (ankle) did not practice, along with Dee Milliner (ankle), Antonio Allen (concussion protocol), Clyde Gates (illness), Troy Davis (quad), Ike Enemkpali (foot) and Antwan Barnes (PUP) . . . Stephen Hill, who was sent home Monday with an illness, returned to practice but vomited on the field for the second straight day.

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