A mystery has been solved.
Miles Austin, who coaches wide receivers for the Jets, was not with the team for their loss to the Jaguars at MetLife Stadium on Thursday night.
Now, multiple reports have indicated that Austin has been suspended for violating NFL play policy.
NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reports that there was “no indication that Austin was betting on NFL games as a coach”. However, betting on other sports, which Austin reportedly did, is against league policy. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the suspension is for a “minimum of one year”.
Austin is appealing the suspension.
“The NFL has suspended Miles Austin for betting from a legal mobile account on table games and non-NFL professional sports,” Austin attorney Bill Deni tweeted in a statement. “Miles has not bet on any NFL game in violation of the NFL Staff Gambling Policy. He has fully cooperated with the NFL’s investigation.
Austin joined Robert Saleh’s coaching staff with the Jets last season.
Austin had a 10-year career in the NFL as a wide; he played from 2006 to 2013 for the Cowboys, then spent one season each with the Browns and Eagles.
This is the second recent suspension due to league play policy.
Calvin Ridley, a receiver who has since been traded from the Falcons to the Jaguars, was suspended all season for betting on games that included his own team’s competitions.