FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The reaction of two disciplined Jets’ players was very different on Wednesday when asked about their issues.
Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who was benched most of the first quarter in last week’s victory over the Chiefs for being late to a team meeting, got testy with reporters when asked about it again on Wednesday.
Wilkerson repeatedly said he wouldn’t answer questions about the benching, his leadership or whether he wants to return to the team in 2018. He answered questions about teammate Leonard Williams, playing in the altitude in Denver and the Broncos’ offensive line. At one point, Wilkerson almost abruptly ended his session with reporters until a question came up about Williams.
Linebacker Darron Lee, who was suspended for the Chiefs game, wanted to move on, but told Newsday he woke up late and was tardy to a walkthrough practice before the game.
“It’s just a regular week, man, that’s all it is,” Lee said. “I was there for my teammates that day, it was all about the Jets that day, it wasn’t about me. We got that win that’s all that matters, I’m past it and I’m playing Sunday, that’s it.”
Lee and Wilkerson are expected to play in Sunday’s game at Denver.
For the first time since the Oct. 31 trade, cornerback Rashard Robinson played nickel corner against the Chiefs and was beaten badly on a long-touchdown reception by Tyreek Hill. Robinson was benched afterward for Darryl Roberts.
“Obviously, he gave up the deep ball, other than that, he didn’t get any action,” Todd Bowles said or Robinson. “But that’s not one thing we want. We don’t want the ball over our head.”
Bowles said Roberts and Robinson are even on the depth chart going into the Broncos game.
Wilkerson wasn’t listed on the injury report for the first time since September . . . S Terrence Brooks (excused absence), LB Bruce Carter (groin) and RB Matt Forte (knee) did not practice. CB Juston Burris (concussion) and RG Brian Winters (abdomen/ankle) were limited. Burris remains in the concussion protocol.