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NFL Team Report - New York Jets - INSIDE SLANT

The New York Jets suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson indefinitely on Monday after he failed to show up for Friday's preseason game against the New York Giants.

Patterson returned and met with general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan on Sunday night at the team's facility.

Idzik said the suspension will likely be brief, but the organization plans to investigate the situation further.

"He did come in and talk with Rex and me last night," Idzik said. "It's always good to speak directly, so that there's nothing lost in translation or there's nothing presumed. So it's good to finally speak to Dimitri and hear his side. I think what we're going to do now is he will be suspended indefinitely. That will give us a little time to gather more information around what led to his behavior. I think that way, we feel like we'll make a very well-informed decision as to what discipline will be forthcoming. And there will be discipline involved."

Before being suspended, Patterson spoke to USA Today Sports.

"There's no need for concern," Patterson said Monday before practice. "The reports about me going AWOL are totally false. I have my reason for missing those days. I'm not going to go into specifics, but I've discussed those reasons with the people I need to discuss them with. But as far as going AWOL, no, that's totally false."

On Sunday, Idzik said all the Jets knew was that Patterson was fine physically, which is what they were told by the player's agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

"His absence was unexcused and will be handled accordingly," Idzik said before Patterson's reported return.

Ryan said the team repeatedly attempted to reach Patterson when the defensive back was a no-show for Friday's game.

"Without putting an APB out, you're trying everything you can," Ryan said. "You're trying all the numbers you have, you name it. ... Obviously, as the game wore on, we still had a major concern."

Patterson, 31, signed a one-year, $3 million contract in the offseason to take the place of Antonio Cromartie in the New York secondary. Leg injuries slowed him throughout the preseason.

Patterson began his NFL career with the Washington Redskins in 2005 when he signed as an undrafted free agent out of Tuskegee University. He subsequently played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins before joining the Jets in April.

--The world's most anticlimactic "competition" officially came to a close Friday night, when New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan announced Geno Smith had won the starting quarterback job following the Jets' 35-24 loss to the New York Giants.

Of course, this being the John Idzik-era Jets, there was some passive-aggressive parsing of the English language involved in the announcement. Ryan referred to Smith as the Jets' "week-to-week" quarterback.

"We don't name starters all the dang time," Ryan said. "We don't have to do the song and dance."

Of course, the song and dance was cued up by the refusal of Idzik and Ryan to officially name Smith the starter last season, when he was almost literally the only quarterback on the roster with a pulse, or this summer, when Idzik insisted there was nothing tilted about a quarterback competition in which Smith drew at least 75 percent of the first-team snaps over Michael Vick, who may or may not have been satisfied with being the clear second fiddle to Smith.

A subhead in an piece last week read: "Michael Vick appears content watching from the Jets' sideline" though many of Vick's quotes appeared to express gratitude at the second chance he has received in the NFL since he was released from prison following a nearly two-year prison sentence for his role in operating a dog-fighting ring.