Patterson says Jet's AWOL claims are 'completely false'
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dimitri Patterson, center, celebrates after a pass interception as safeties Nate Allen, left, and safety Quintin Mikell, right, look on during the second quarter of their NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Dennis Waszak Jr, The Associated Press
Published Thursday, August 28, 2014 11:42AM EDT
NEW YORK -- Suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson says in a statement to ESPN that the New York Jets' claims that he went missing for 48 hours without notifying the team are "completely false."
Patterson was suspended Tuesday for the rest of the preseason after he left the team, according to the Jets, last Friday night before the preseason game against the Giants without speaking to anyone in the organization.
In his statement Thursday to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Patterson says his agent Drew Rosenhaus, contacted the Jets "multiple times several hours" before the game. He adds that "rumours" that his frustration possibly stems from his place on the depth chart are "totally and completely false."
The Jets had no immediate comment on the statement by Patterson, who's eligible to rejoin the team Monday.