Muhammad Wilkerson staying home this weekend due to coach's decision

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Bowles also repeatedly declined to answer follow-up questions wondering why Wilkerson won't make the trip.

After being disciplined twice in the past 12 days, inconsistent defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson might have played his last game with the Jets.

Due to being late once again, for whatever reason it was, head coach Todd Bowles chose to bench him for this Sunday's Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. "I'm not anxious about Mo".

Wilkerson was benched for a majority of the first quarter against the Chiefs on November 26 because he was late to a meeting the day before the game.

The injured McCown will travel with the team to New Orleans and serve as a player-coach on the sideline against the Saints on Sunday.

Bowles told Wilkerson's teammates of the decision in a team meeting.

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Bowles wouldn't address the topic Friday.

"He pretty much just said, our mission's still the same: "One team, one goal, '" linebacker Demario Davis said of Bowles" message to the players. "It's about the team and we've got a big challenge in front of us on Sunday (versus the Saints), and that's what we're going to be focused on".

Muhammad Wilkerson's Jets career took another wrong turn on Friday. For him, maybe less so for the Jets, this can be a good dry run at seeing if being a coach is a profession he would like to undertake. Wilkerson, who has just eight sacks in his last 28 games, would see his $16.75 million salary for next season become fully guaranteed if he remains on New York's roster by the third day of the league's new year in March. The Linden native was a first-round draft pick of the Jets in 2011 out of Temple. At this point in time, Wilkerson has only totaled 26 tackles (career-low) and 3.5 sacks. The Jets used the franchise tag on Wilkerson, but the sides were able to hammer out a long-term agreement minutes before the July 15 deadline.

Wilkerson - who is the highest-paid player on the Jets with a cap hit of $18 million - has been benched for tardiness in each of the past three seasons.

McCown signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Jets in the offseason and is scheduled to be a free agent this winter.

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