The Jets have largely avoided the locker room problems that plagued the team last season, but some of them still apparently have a problem with showing up on time.
Jets linebacker Darron Lee was inactive on Sunday because he showed up late to a team practice, and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was benched for a quarter for showing up late for a meeting, a team source confirmed. Both are automatic punishments on head coach Todd Bowles' list of team rules.
Lee was late to the Jets' team walkthrough on Saturday, the day before the Jets' impressive 38-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. It is the first known incident for Lee, a 23-year-old out of Ohio State who was the Jets' first-round pick last year.
It was far from the first time for Wilkinson, though. In fact, it's the third straight year that the veteran has been benched for being late to a team meeting. He sat almost the entire first quarter, coming in only for the final play, after showing up late on Saturday.
Bowles declined to give any details about either punishment after the game, saying only that they were "coaching decisions" and that the two incidents were not related.
"We have rules," Bowles said after the game. "We make rules. We have coaching decisions. We move on."
Bowles said that he expects Lee will be active next week in Denver when the Jets face the Broncos, and he expects both Lee and Wilkerson will start.