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Jets' suspended Patterson says team's AWOL claims are 'completely false'

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FILE - This is a 2014, file photo showing Dimitri Patterson of the New York Jets NFL football team. The Jets have "indefinitely" suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson after he left the team for 48 hours without contacting the organization.General manager John Idzik said Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, that Patterson spoke to him and coach Rex Ryan on Sunday night. Idzik would not discuss the reason for the absence. (AP Photo/File) (The Associated Press)

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 "rumors" 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.


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