- Associated Press - Sunday, August 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Dimitri Patterson’s mysterious absence is over.

The veteran cornerback rejoined the New York Jets on Sunday night after inexplicably not showing up for the team’s game against the Giants on Friday night.

The Jets announced that Patterson returned to the team’s training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, and spoke with general manager John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan.

The team didn’t release any other details.

Patterson left the team for about 48 hours, a situation that Idzik called “highly unusual.” Idzik announced during a conference call Sunday that he learned through agent Drew Rosenhaus on Saturday that Patterson was OK physically and it is not believed to be a legal issue.

But at that time, neither Idzik nor Ryan had heard from Patterson directly after leaving several messages for him.

“I’d like to talk to him,” Idzik said, “so we could figure out what’s behind it.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if Patterson would face any discipline from the team, or if he would practice with the team Monday. Idzik said his “unexcused” absence would be handled accordingly, but added that he would rather not speculate on anything, including possible discipline, until the team had the chance to speak to Patterson.

“Needless to say, this situation was not expected and is highly unusual,” Idzik said.

The 31-year-old Patterson was with the team Thursday night at a walkthrough practice at Hofstra University. Idzik said he was also present for meetings, a walkthrough and the pregame meal Friday, but didn’t show for the game at MetLife Stadium that night.

“Obviously, as the game went on, we still had major concerns for his health and where he was, but were unable to locate him,” Ryan said.

Ryan was asked about Patterson after the game, but the coach didn’t let on that there was anything wrong, saying that the Jets would see if he could play in the preseason finale at Philadelphia on Thursday.

“Quite honestly, at that point, I had no idea where he was, what his situation was and was really uncomfortable to go into details about it,” Ryan said.

Patterson, who has been dealing with ankle, calf and quadriceps injuries all summer, was expected to play against the Giants but it was uncertain how much.

Both Idzik and Ryan said they had no indication that Patterson was unhappy, but thought he might have been frustrated with his injuries - although he was working his way back onto the field.

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