Sheldon Richardson missed Wednesday's Organized Team Activities (OTAs) but it isn't a cause for concern for New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who said that the team's star defender has been involved in offseason workouts as preached personal accountability for his locker room.
There was some consternation and hand-wringing over Richardson's absence from the team's offseason workouts, including the voluntary minicamp earlier this month. But Richardson, who took to Twitter last week to defend himself and his absence from the voluntary workouts, and his M.I.A. status from workouts hasn't created concern for Bowles.
“I didn’t see the social media, but as far as the comments on him coming or him not coming, it is voluntary and I don’t know what Sheldon does off the field or anybody else. You want to have everybody here, but again, it’s voluntary, you hold nothing against him,” Bowles said on Wednesday. “When he comes here, he works, he understands what he needs to do and where he needs to be, so that’s all we can go by as coaches.”
The Jets head coach said that Richardson was at the team's facility for workouts on Tuesday.
There was no Dee Milliner, Jeremy Kerley or Chris Ivory at OTAs as well on Wednesday with Bowles saying that they were not present due to personal reasons. Linebacker Joe Mays was in the rehab area with a sore knee, an injury that the Jets were aware of when they signed him this offseason.
He has yet to workout with the team.
In addition, guard Willie Colon was limited to conditioning work on Wednesday.
“Again, training-wise, he has a sore knee so you kind of have to rest and rehab some things and when he comes back, he’ll get reps there, too, but the competition will be there,” Bowles said.