Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson won't travel with team to face Saints

Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson won't travel with team to face Saints

Coach Todd Bowles says Friday that Wilkerson will not travel with the team. Bowles called it a "coach's decision" and declined to say whether Wilkerson would be punished for more than one game. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson won't be taking the field against New Orleans, but for a different reason.

Asked if he was anxious how his decision would affect Wilkerson in the near future, Bowles said, "I'm anxious about the 53 guys I'm coaching. I'm not anxious about Mo right now", he said.

A source confirmed he was late for a team meeting on Friday, a recurring trend of tardiness. Just two weeks ago, Bowles sat Wilkerson for nearly the entire first quarter for being late to a meeting. He also was fined by the team. But this isn't the first time the third-year head coach has disciplined Wilkerson.

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson will not play in Sunday's game against the Saints. Wilkerson showed up late again to the Jets facility Friday, according to a person familiar with the situation. Coach Todd Bowles says Wilkerson will not travel with the team.

"He pretty much just said, our mission's still the same: "One team, one goal, '" linebacker said of Bowles" message.

With Wilkerson out Sunday, Xavier Cooper or Kony Ealy will likely step up to start alongside Leonard Williams and Steve McLendon.

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Wilkerson's future with the Jets is bleak.

Before last season, Wilkerson signed a five-year, $86 million extension, a contract that is looking worse every day.

Now the Jets are without Wilkerson in The Big Easy and will nearly certainly part ways with him in the coming months. If he is on the roster for the third day of the 2018 league year, his $16.75 million salary becomes fully guaranteed.

This is not Wilkerson's first offense.

In 2015, Wilkerson was coming off a 12-sack, Pro Bowl season.

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson won't play Sunday due to a coach's decision.

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