Dimitri Patterson's future with the New York Jets franchise is in serious doubt after the cornerback was suspended by the team for going AWOL.
Patterson had been absent from Jets camp for 48 hours and had not contacted the organisation over his disappearance.
The veteran cornerback was suspended on Monday 'indefinitely' by New York, General Manager John Idzik would not explain the absence of Patterson but had spoke with the player and head coach Rex Ryan about the unfolding situation.
Idzik stated: "Obviously, Dimitri felt he acted appropriately, but until we discussed it last night, you don't understand. and, to be honest, we're still trying to understand all that went behind it. So, I would rather not characterise it.''
The general manager of the Jets franchise also explained that the suspension could be brief for the 31-year-old despite the 'indefinite' tagline that had been attached to the abeyance.
Patterson wasn't on the practice field come Monday and the team continue to gather all the facts on the matter before coming to a conclusive outcome.
Gathering the facts
Idzik also said: "It'll give us a little time to gather a more information around what led to his behavior, I think that way, we'll feel like we'll make a very well-informed decision as to what discipline will be forthcoming - and there will be discipline involved.''
Speculation continues to surface over the possible impending release of Patterson, or whether further suspension could occur, however Idzik would not comment any further.
The cornerback was expected to appear for the Jets in their slated third pre-season game against New York rival Giants, although he did not attend on Friday and has not been with the franchise since.
Idzik continued: "The conversations we had with Dimitri will remain private, He presented what led up to that, and basically last night was a listening session for Rex and for me, to understand what went into it. Now that the lines of communication are open, there will be two-way discourse now, which I think will be healthy.''