Wilkerson (coach's decision) will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots, a source informed Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. Jets head coach Todd Bowles labeled Wilkerson a game-time decision heading into the season finale, but there was never much reason to think New York would make the defensive end active for the contest. With Wilkerson likely to get cut after the season, the Jets had little to gain by having the 28-year-old suit up Sunday and expose himself to a serious injury that would leave the team on the hook for his $16.75 million salary next season.
Wilkerson will be inactive Sunday against the Chargers in a coach's decision, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. The defensive end has seemingly worn out his welcome in the organization in light of his declining performance the last two seasons, as well as the disruptions he has caused in the locker room. Though Wilkerson returned to practice this week after he failed to make the trip to New Orleans in Week 15, it appears coach Todd Bowles isn't ready to welcome the 28-year-old back into the lineup. Don't be surprised if Wilkerson is held out of the season finale Dec. 31 against the Patriots as the Jets likely prepare to trade or release him in the offseason.
Wilkerson was a full participant in practice Thursday but still may not play Sunday, Connor Hughes of NJ.com reports. Wilkerson was inactive last week against the Saints after a stretch in which the defensive end reportedly showed up late to multiple team meetings. It remains to be seen if head coach Todd Bowles will let Wilkerson suit up this week. A definitive answer will ultimately be gleaned when inactives are released prior to Sunday's game.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles said that Wilkerson would be inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints in a coach's decision, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports. Wilkerson won't make the trip with the team to New Orleans. Wilkerson has been slowed by a broken toe and a shoulder injury for much of the season, but has yet to miss a game due to either issue. With only 3.5 sacks and 46 tackles across 13 contests, however, Wilkerson is in the midst of a second straight down season since inking a five-year, $86 million extension in the summer of 2016. In addition to his declining play on the field, Wilkerson has also routinely caused problems in the locker room the last two seasons, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Bowles' choice to hold Wilkerson out in Week 15 only adds more fuel to the notion that the Jets are planning to cut ties with the defensive end this offseason.
Wilkerson racked up six tackles (three solo) and one sack Sunday against the Broncos. Wilkerson hasn't been the pass-rushing hound of seasons past, with just 3.5 sacks this season. Things won't get easier in Week 15, as Saints QB Drew Brees has been sacked on a mere 3.7 percent of his dropbacks -- ranking fourth in the league.