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Jets Suspend Patterson After Cornerback Disappears for 48 Hours

NFL Cornerback Dimitri Patterson
Cornerback Dimitri Patterson has played for five different teams in the past nine seasons. Last year he started four games with the Miami Dolphins, with four interceptions and a sack. Photographer: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- New York Jets cornerback Dimitri Patterson was suspended indefinitely after leaving the team for 48 hours this weekend without providing a reason.

“That will allow us to gather more information to what led to his behavior,” Jets general manager John Idzik said today, according to the team’s Twitter account.

Patterson, 31, participated in Jets’ walk-through and meal before the team’s Aug. 22 preseason contest against the New York Giants, but didn’t show up for the game. He didn’t join the team for practice the following day or yesterday, leaving Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan searching for answers.

Ryan told reporters yesterday that he was “shocked” by Patterson’s absence but didn’t want to comment further until he had a chance to speak with the defensive back. Idzik and Ryan then met with Patterson yesterday evening, according to the team’s Twitter account.

Undrafted out of Tuskegee University in 2005, Patterson has played for five different teams in the past nine seasons. Last year he started four games with the Miami Dolphins, with four interceptions and a sack.

Patterson signed a one-year incentive-laden contract with the Jets this offseason that could be worth up to $3 million, according to NJ.com.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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