FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The NFL has decided not to discipline Jets linebacker Darron Lee and defensive end Leonard Williams for their role in an altercation with a woman that occurred in June at a music festival on Randall’s Island.
“Following a review, we concluded that there was insufficient evidence to support a finding that there was a violation of the personal-conduct policy,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement to Newsday on Monday.
Lee, a first-round pick in 2016, got into an argument with a woman later identified by coach Todd Bowles as Lee’s girlfriend. Williams interceded and forcibly removed Lee from the altercation. The episode came to light when a bystander captured it on video and posted it on his Twitter account.
Williams, whom the Jets drafted sixth overall in 2015, is coming off a breakout season. In 2016, he had 68 tackles, two forced fumbles and seven sacks. He earned a Pro Bowl invitation as an alternate. The Jets expect even more from him this season.
Bowles seemed happy to have it all behind them. When asked about the league’s decision he said: “They handled it and moved on. We go from there.”
Bowles is unsure if running back Matt Forte, still out with a hamstring injury, will be ready for Week 1 . . . The Jets did a light walk-through Monday, using their indoor practice facility. Bowles said the decision had nothing to do with the eclipse. He decided to have a light day because the team did not get home from Detroit until 3 a.m. Sunday . . . Bowles said linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin’s back injury is coming along “slowly” and that he might need an epidural injection to relieve the pain . . . Lee (illness) and safety Rontez Miles (eye laceration) did not participate in the walk-through.