Cornerback Dimitri Patterson, missing from the New York Jets for two days, returned to the team Sunday night, ESPNNewYork.com reported.
Earlier Sunday, Jets general manager John Idzik announced that Patterson was AWOL from Friday's game against the New York Giants and that the team was unable to locate him since. 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.
Coach Rex 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.