Monday, August 25, 2014
Practice report: No sign of Patterson
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Cornerback Dimitri Patterson wasn't on the field at the start of practice Monday, a clear indication that something was amiss. A few minutes later, New York Jets general manager John Idzik informed reporters that Patterson -- AWOL over the weekend -- was suspended indefinitely by the team.
Can it get any worse for the Jets and their cornerback situation?
Dee Milliner (high-ankle sprain) rode a stationary bike during the 30-minute window open to the media. Antonio Allen (concussion) wasn't spotted at all. If the Jets had to play a game now, they would probably start Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster or LeQuan Lewis at cornerback. Yes, Lewis, whom they signed only two weeks ago -- the same Lewis who is with his ninth team since 2011.
Other players that didn't practice were rookie linebacker IK Enemkpali (foot) and linebacker Troy Davis (quadriceps), along with linebacker Antwan Barnes (knee), who remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Tight end Jeff Cumberland (Achilles' tendon) was in the rehab area at the start of practice, but he later joined positional drills.
One note about practice: Now that training camp is over, the team is operating with the regular-season media rules. In other words, the media have restricted access, limited to the 30-minute minimum at the start of practice.