Jets head coach Todd Bowles benched cornerback Trumaine Johnson for Sunday's 38-3 loss to the New England Patriots for what he called a "coach's decision."
Johnson missed practice on Wednesday due to what Bowles called an "in house" matter, according to SNYtv's Ralph Vacchiano. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported on Sunday Johnson didn't show up for meetings, either.
Johnson said he woke up late and missed a meeting on Wednesday. He said he found out right before warm-ups on Sunday that he would be a healthy scratch.
"I'd like to apoligize to my teammates, my coaches, for sure," Johnson said after the game. "Not being out there. Never quit on this team, especially not me. It's never been me. Like I said, it was a coach's decision. ... It's a bad look, and I can own up to that."
Defensive back Darryl Roberts also did not start for the Jets on Sunday. Roberts was late for some scheduled events but showed for meetings and practice, according to Anderson. In their places, Rashard Robinson and Buster Skrine started at cornerback, while Rontez Miles started at free safety.
"I wanted to see the younger guys play, that's really about it," Bowles said after the game.
Johnson signed a five-year, $72.5 million deal before this season. His play has been lacking this season when he hasn't been out of the lineup due to injuries.
"[I can] do nothing about it but come back stronger next year," Johnson said.