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Muhammed Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson give reasons for benching

New York Jets' defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson on

New York Jets' defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson on the field prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Photo Credit: Lee S Weissman / Lee S. Weissman

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson on Wednesday both addressed the reasons they were benched by coach Todd Bowles for the first quarter of the Jets’ loss to Miami last Sunday.

Wilkerson, who signed a five-year, $86-million contract extension in the offseason, said he had been late to meetings and missed a walk-through before the Week 7 game against Baltimore.

“Those actions are unacceptable,” he said. “I definitely feel that, as a leader on this team, I need to do better. I respect the coaches, I respect everyone in this building. I take responsibility for my actions.”

Asked why he was coming forward now when he was reluctant to discuss the discipline on Sunday, Wilkerson said: “This is a distraction, clearly. I don’t want to be a distraction. That’s not me. It’s not my character. It’s not me as a teammate. Moving forward, it won’t be an issue for me.”

Richardson said he “overslept 20 minutes” on Friday.

“I’m not a regular at missing meetings,” Richardson said. “Coach Bowles is a disciplinarian. That was my sentencing right there. It has been blown way out of proportion. I know me missing the first quarter isn’t blown out of proportion, but it was one meeting.”

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The Jets activated WR Devin Smith from the physically unable to perform list and placed LT Ryan Clady on injured reserve with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. They also waived DL Jarvis Jenkins and signed DL Anthony Johnson off the Patriots practice squad. Former Nebraska OT Zach Sterup was signed to the practice squad . . . Bowles said Nick Mangold’s ankle sprain is not improving and he also said the center has a sore knee . . . Injured Bruce Carter and Marcus Williams are expected to miss Sunday’s game, Bowles said.

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