Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Sports

Jets suspend wayward cornerback Patterson

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Dimitri Patterson ended his puzzling absence after 48 hours, but his future with the Jets is now uncertain.

The Jets indefinitely suspended the veteran cornerback Monday after he left the team Friday without contacting the organization. General manager John Idzik said Patterson spoke to him and coach Rex Ryan on Sunday, but neither Idzik nor Ryan would discuss the reason for the absence.

"Obviously, Dimitri felt he acted appropriately, but until we discussed it, you don't understand," Idzik said. "And, to be honest, we're still trying to understand all that went behind it. So, I would rather not characterize it."

Idzik added that the suspension is brief but indefinite. Patterson, 31, wasn't on the practice field Monday.

Patterson was with the team Thursday at a walkthrough practice. Idzik said he was also at meetings, a walkthrough and the pregame meal Friday, but didn't show for the preseason game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.

In a text message to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Patterson said he was okay, but took issue with reports that said he was AWOL, calling them "comical."

When told of Patterson's comments, Idzik said: "I'll just say, he left and we didn't hear from him until we saw him yesterday evening."

Meriweather suspension: The NFL suspended Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for what the league said is his sixth violation of player safety rules. Meriweather will miss the first two regular-season games for his helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Torrey Smith in Saturday's preseason win over the Ravens.

Concussion talks: Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations gathered Sunday and Monday at league headquarters in New York for meetings funded by an educational grant from the NFL. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, was criticized during the World Cup for not effectively policing concussions.

Bills: Defensive tackle Alan Branch was waived two days after being arrested when a state trooper noticed him vomiting out the driver's side door of his vehicle in suburban Buffalo. Police say Branch failed a field sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14; the state presumes impairment at 0.08. Buffalo also released quarterback Dennis Dixon.

Broncos: Kicker Matt Prater apologized for violating the league's substance abuse policy by drinking beer, resulting in a four-game ban to start the season. Prater has been in the drug program, which includes alcohol, since a DUI arrest on Aug. 12, 2011.

Cardinals: They cut 13-year veteran kicker and former Jesuit High standout Jay Feely, as well as quarterback Ryan Lindley and tackle Max Starks.

Chiefs: Running back Jamaal Charles (foot) and safety Eric Berry (heel) returned to practice, while left tackle Eric Fisher was out due to an illness.

Dolphins: Mike Pouncey missed practice because he was having his surgically repaired hip re-evaluated by specialists, the Miami Herald reported.

Falcons: Running back Steven Jackson practiced for the first time since July 28, when he hurt his right hamstring.

Raiders: Quarterback Matt Schaub missed his second straight day of practice with a sore throwing elbow that has lingered throughout the preseason.

Vikings: Matt Cassel was named the starting quarterback over first-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater for the regular-season opener Sept. 7 against the Rams.

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