Jets head coach Todd Bowles told reporters he was the one who decided to make defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
"I made him inactive, coach's decision," Bowles said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins, after Sunday's 14-7 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Wilkerson was benched for last week's game against the New Orleans Saints for showing up to the team facility late the Friday before the game, the third straight season in which Wilkerson was benched for being late to a team meeting.
Although Wilkerson practiced throughout the week leading up to Sunday, Bowles reiterated it was up to him to decide who would be active and who wouldn't be for the penultimate game of the season.
"It's all a coach's decision," Bowles said, according to NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "It's my decision. I'll take it. We talked [with the front office], but eventually, it's my decision.
"Everybody healthy practices. He didn't know he was going to play. I didn't know he was going to play."
Wilkerson, in the first year of a five-year, $86 million contract with two years guaranteed, did not comment to reporters following the game. The 28-year-old defensive end has totaled 46 combined tackles, 3 1/2 sacks and one interception this season.
It is unlikely Wilkerson, whose $16.7 million salary for 2018 becomes fully guaranteed if he gets hurt or if he is on the Jets roster as of the third day of the new league year in March, will be a Jet next year.
However, when asked if Wilkerson would play in the team's regular-season finale next week against the New England Patriots, Bowles said, "We'll see."