Mo Wilkerson Won't Play vs. Saints Due to 'Coaching Decision'

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NJ.com previously reported that Wilkerson being late is a regular occurrence and that he sometimes misses meetings altogether.

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles announced Friday that defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson will not play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday due to a "coaching decision", according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

"A source told NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes that the reason is this: Wilkerson arrived late to Friday morning's team meeting".

At this point, any notion of Wilkerson being a leader should be thrown out the window. Bowles has tried to discipline him.

"I'm anxious about the guys that I'm coaching", Bowels said. "I'm not anxious about Mo". The former first-round pick was also disciplined past year for missing a meeting.

"It's part of the job", Bowles said. Wilkerson will not travel with the team to New Orleans. The question now is if he will play for the Jets again this season as the team prepares for its final three games.

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"I made my decision", he said.

"I'm just anxious about the guys going to the game tomorrow", Bowles said, "and I'm going to coach those 53 guys".

Wilkerson, 28, was not in the locker room after practice. Bowles called it a "coach's decision" and declined to say whether Wilkerson would be punished for more than one game.

"Mission is still that same" Davis said. "It's about the team and we've got a big challenge in front of us on Sunday (versus the Saints), and that's what we're going to be focused on". Hackenberg is now the backup after Josh McCown's season-ending injury.

Wilkerson carries a salary cap figure of $20 million in 2018, but the Jets would create $11 million in cap space (with $9 million in dead money attached) by releasing him.

When the New York Jets signed defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson to a five-year, $88 million deal in 2016, they surely expected a better return on investment than they've received.

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