New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson skipped an Oct. 22 walk-through/defensive meeting in which there were plans to serve cake to celebrate his 27th birthday, a league source confirmed.
The no-show, first reported by the NFL Network, came to light Monday -- one day after Wilkerson and fellow defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson were benched for the first quarter of the Jets' 27-23 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Coach Todd Bowles again refused to explain why he benched two of his best players, but a source said it was because they were late to a team meeting last week.
"It's a coach's decision," Bowles said Monday, repeating cheap NFL jerseys what he said after the game. "My decisions I make outside of injuries and football are usually handled in-house. I don't divulge that kind of information, one way or the other."
Wilkerson's absence Oct. 22 was the day before the Jets faced the Baltimore Ravens at home. He missed that game because of an ankle injury and was back in the lineup the following week against the Cleveland Browns.
Wilkerson and Richardson have been reprimanded on more than one occasion this season, a source said, but Sunday wholesale jerseys was the first time it resulted in the loss of playing time in 2016. The Jets tried to trade Richardson before last week's deadline in part because wholesale NFL jerseys of concern about his attitude, sources said.
Bowles said he has no problem with either player. Asked if he is satisfied with their level of commitment, he said, "Yes, I cheap jerseys am."
"I know how we handle things Buffalo Bills jerseys in here and everybody is accountable for their actions, and we handle things in here," Bowles said. "I'm perfectly fine with those two commitments."
Neither player stayed in the locker room after the game to speak with reporters, an apparent violation of the NFL's media policy.