New York Jets veteran cornerback Dimitri Patterson is expected to rejoin the team Sunday after going missing for 48 hours, according to the New York Daily News' Seth Walker.
Patterson's agent Drew Rosenhaus told the Associated Press his client planned to show up Sunday at the Jets' Florham Park training facility, but did not specify why Patterson had left without warning or where he had gone.
Jets general manager John Idzik said that while Patterson is believed to be all right, the situation was "unexcused" and "highly unusual." He said the team has, "a very cursory knowledge of what's going on. That's the extent of it. We know he's okay and haven't been able to communicate with him," according to ESPN.com's Rich Cimini.
Patterson was last seen Friday at a pre-game meal in advance of the Jets preseason game against the New York Giants. He then vanished without warning, failing to show up at MetLife Stadium for the game or return calls from Idzik or Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
When asked after Friday night's game about Patterson's absence, Ryan did not let on that anything was out of the ordinary. Sunday, Ryan revealed he had no idea at the time where Patterson was or why he was gone, and felt uncomfortable going into details about it.
It is unclear if Patterson actually did rejoin the team Sunday, or if he will play in the Jets final preseason game Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Will Green