FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson, the high-priced free agent whose disappointing season hit backside final week with a expensive penalty in an extra time loss, was benched for practice Wednesday due to an obvious disciplinary matter.
Coach Todd Bowles refused to give particulars, calling it “an in-house matter that we’re coping with.” He declined to say whether or not it was associated to self-discipline, though he made it clear it wasn’t an excused absence. Johnson was doubtless additionally fined.
Mike Maccagnan has whiffed on his share of draft picks and free brokers, however he cleared a number of cap room and has a franchise quarterback in place.
Bowles was noncommittal on Johnson’s standing for Sunday towards the New England Patriots.
“We’ll see,” the coach mentioned.
Johnson, who was on the facility, advised reporters he expects to practice Thursday and play within the season finale. Past that, he mentioned nothing in regards to the cause for his absence.
“Me and the top man talked about it,” he mentioned. “That is between us.”
Requested if it was a disciplinary violation, Johnson repeated, “Me and the top man talked about it. That is between us.”
In want of a No. 1 cornerback, the Jets signed Johnson to a five-year, $72.5 million contract final offseason, together with the third-largest assure in group historical past ($34 million). He leads the Jets with 4 interceptions though he missed 5 video games with a quadriceps harm, however his move protection has been spotty.
His 33-yard, pass-interference penalty final week arrange the Inexperienced Bay Packers’ game-winning landing in extra time — one in all 16 penalties for 172 yards by the Jets. After the sport, Johnson bolted the locker room, refusing to communicate with reporters.
On Wednesday, Johnson apologized for not talking to the media. As for the penalty, he mentioned, “They referred to as it. It damage us. It’s what it’s.”
Bowles did not like the decision and lashed out on the officers after the sport for their efficiency normally, admitting he expects to get fined for the criticism. As of Wednesday, he hadn’t heard from the league, he mentioned.
Johnson additionally damage the group with a facemask penalty in a late-game meltdown towards the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 2, contributing to a 26-22 loss.
“It has been up and down,” Bowles mentioned of Johnson’s season. “He is had some good performs, he is had some performs he’d like to have again.” He added that Johnson has “a great angle. There’s nothing improper along with his angle.”