Five players absent from Jets Wednesday OTA

The New York Jets were without five players during the team's fifth OTA practice.

FLORHAM PARK- The New York Jets had near full participation for the team’s fifth of 10 voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) on Wednesday. In fact, of the 90 players listed on New York’s pre-training camp roster, just five were missing when the Jets took the field.

Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson continued his holdout of all Jets voluntary workouts as he continues to look for a new contract. Pro Bowl defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was missing, too. But was in attendance for Monday’s practice.

“Again, it’s voluntary,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said. “When (Richardson) comes here he works. He understands what he needs to do and where he needs to be and that’s all we can go by as coaches.”

Cornerback Dee Milliner, receiver Jeremy Kerley and running back Chris Ivory were also absent from practice. Bowles said the three missed the voluntary workout with “personal situations they had to handle.”

The Jets will return to the practice fields Thursday for the final practice of the second set of OTAs. The practice is not open to the media. New York will conclude its OTA program with four final practices June 2-5.

Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and Jets Insider. He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes) or via email (

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