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Report: AWOL Jets corner Dimitri Patterson expected to return to team

Eric Edholm
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The New York Jets had lost contact with one of their players, Dimtri Patterson, after he didn't show up for Friday's game against the New York Giants.

But Patterson's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Patterson is expected to return to the team on Monday.

That would be good news, as Patterson is a pretty important member of a shorthanded secondary. With Dee Milliner out with an injury, Patterson had vaulted up into the role of the Jets' No. 1 cornerback before going missing.

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Patterson didn't show for Friday's 35-24 loss to the New York Giants, and Jets GM John Idzik said he considered him missing.

"I'd like to speak to Dimitri," Idzik said.

It appears Idzik will get his chance Monday. What this means for his place on the team is unknown at this point.

The Jets could be in bad shape at corner until Milliner returns (and with Patterson's status unknown), and they face a number of prolific passing games early in the season. Former first-round pick Kyle Wilson and a host of castoffs — Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster, Johnny Patrick and LeQuan Lewis — are the other top options available at corner after the team released former New England Patriots second-rounder Ras-I Dowling on Saturday.

The Jets signed the 10-year-veteran Patterson as a free agent this offseason when they were unable to land one of the bigger-name corners available. But Patterson had stepped up early in camp and appeared to be a solid option for the Jets after a nice 2013 season with the Miami Dolphins.

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