Trumaine Johnson’s shaky first season with the Jets took a strange turn Wednesday.
The high-priced cornerback did not practice for what coach Todd Bowles deemed “an in-house matter.” In Bowles-speak, that usually means it was a disciplinary decision. Neither Bowles nor Johnson would say what happened.
“It’s an in-house matter that we’re dealing with,” Bowles replied to several questions.
Johnson only said repeatedly: “Me and the head man talked about it. That’s between us.”
The Jets signed Johnson to a five-year, $72.5 million contract before this season, with $34 million guaranteed. He missed five games with a quad injury and has had some bad moments when he has been on the field. Johnson, who turns 29 next week, was called for pass interference in overtime of Sunday’s loss to the Packers. The penalty helped set up Green Bay’s game-winning score. It was the second time this season Johnson committed a huge penalty late in a game that contributed to a loss. The first was a face-mask penalty on the Titans’ game-winning drive.
After Sunday’s game, Johnson bolted from the locker room without speaking to the media.
“I was definitely upset, but I took it out the wrong way,” Johnson said. “I definitely should have talked to y’all after the game, win or lose. That’s my fault.”
Johnson said he will practice Thursday and play Sunday against the Patriots. But Bowles only said “we’ll see” when asked if Johnson will play.
Johnson has not been all bad this season. He does have a team-high four interceptions. Bowles was asked to assess his play.
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“Nobody’s had a good season because of the record. It’s been up and down,” the coach said. “He’s had some good plays and he’s had some plays he’d like to have back.”
Bowles said he has not heard from the NFL about his criticism of the officials for Sunday’s 44-38 loss to the Packers. Bowles said the league has not fined him yet and also has not told the Jets if any of the calls were deemed incorrect by the league office.
The Jets had a long list of players not practicing, besides Johnson: WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle), WR Jermaine Kearse (Achilles), DL Mike Pennel (tooth), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder/ankle) and K Jason Myers (hip). OLB Jordan Jenkins (ankle) was limited. … Kearse was named the “media good guy” by the media who regularly cover the Jets.