Jets’ Bowles hos­pi­tal­ized

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

new york» New York Jets coach Todd Bowles was hos­pi­tal­ized Fri­day with what the team called an “undis­closed ill­ness,” and he did not travel for the game at New Eng­land on Satur­day.

In a state­ment posted on the team’s web­site , the Jets said Bowles was in sta­ble con­di­tion, but it was un­cer­tain if he would even­tu­ally join the team in time for the game.

The 53-year-old Bowles fell ill early Fri­day af­ter­noon and was taken to the hos­pi­tal, where gen­eral man­ager Mike Maccagnan vis­ited him. Maccagnan has re­mained in con­stant con­tact with Bowles, who wants to coach the game but will need to be cleared by doc­tors.

If Bowles is un­avail­able to coach, as­sis­tant head coach Mike Cald­well will fill in against the Pa­tri­ots. Cald­well, who played line­backer for 11 sea­sons in the NFL, also serves as New York’s in­side lineback­ers coach.

Cald­well ran the Jets’ walk­through prac­tice while Bowles was hos­pi­tal­ized. He was in­formed dur­ing the team’s flight to the Bos­ton area that he would be the head coach if Bowles can’t make it to the game.

Bowles is in his sec­ond season as coach of the Jets. He got his ten­ure off to a promis­ing start with a 10-6 season that fin­ished a win shy of a play­off ap­pear­ance.

• Jets run­ning back Matt Forte is doubt­ful to play against the Pa­tri­ots be­cause of knee and shoul­der in­juries.

Forte has torn menis­cus in his right knee, which he played through last week. He ran for 21 yards on four car­ries and had a 7-yard re­cep­tion while spell­ing Bi­lal Pow­ell in New York’s 3413 loss to Mi­ami, but he also in­jured a shoul­der dur­ing the game.

Peter­son ruled out vs. Green Bay

B eden prairie, minn.» Vik­ings run­ning back Adrian Peter­son will not play Satur­day at Green Bay be­cause of knee and groin in­juries.

He re­turned last week­end for his first game in three months, play­ing 12 snaps in his re­turn from surgery for a torn menis­cus in his right knee. He rushed for 22 yards on six car­ries as the Vik­ings lost to the Colts, 34-6, and were elim­i­nated from play­off con­tention.

• The Vik­ings’ plane skid­ded off the run­way on a snowy night at Ap­ple­ton In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Wis­con­sin and slid into the grass while taxi­ing af­ter land­ing.

Every­one on the plane was fine but were stuck for sev­eral hours be­fore fire of­fi­cials at the scene used a truck’s ex­ten­sion lad­der to help team mem­bers leave the air­craft.

Mathieu lands on in­jured re­serve

B tempe, ariz.» The Car­di­nals placed de­fen­sive back Tyrann Mathieu on in­jured re­serve, the third time the do­ev­ery­thing de­fen­sive back has fin­ished the year on the in­jury list in his four NFL sea­sons.

Mathieu had been try­ing to play through a shoul­der in­jury be­fore the de­ci­sion was made to place him on in­jured re­serve.

The 2015 All-Pro se­lec­tion never has played a full season. Mathieu played in 10 games this season, with 36 tack­les.

In Au­gust, Mathieu signed a sixyear, $62.5 mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion, with $21.5 mil­lion guar­an­teed.

New York Jets coach Todd Bowles was hos­pi­tal­ized Fri­day with an “undis­closed ill­ness,” and did not travel for the game at New Eng­land on Satur­day. Ben Mar­got, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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