The mystery involving Jets cornerback Dimitri Patterson soon will end. That doesn’t mean it’s been completely solved.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus tells PFT that Patterson will return to the Jets later today. Patterson was absent from the team on Friday and on Saturday. He missed Friday night’s preseason game against the Giants.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Patterson was absent for personal reasons, and there are no lingering issues or problems that would need to be addressed. The Jets, of course, may disagree with that, given Patterson’s decision to not show up for work and to fail to let anyone know why he’d be absent.
Much of it depends on whether the Jets accept the explanation that Patterson inevitably provides when he returns for work. Whatever the Jets decide to do, cutting Patterson probably won’t be an option, given that the Jets have serious needs at the cornerback position.
In his 10th NFL season, Patterson joined the Jets this year after spending 2012 and 2013 with the Dolphins. He also has played for the Browns, Eagles, Chiefs, Vikings, and Washington.