Jets D-coordinator Rodgers dealing with 'serious' illness

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers is dealing with what coach Todd Bowles calls a "serious" illness and it's uncertain if he'll be on the sideline for the game against Denver.

Bowles made the announcement Friday during his news conference after the Jets' final full practice before facing the Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Bowles, a close friend of Rodgers, wouldn't go into details about what is ailing the 49-year-old coach. Rodgers is in his fourth season as the Jets' defensive coordinator.

Bowles says Rodgers is "a tough guy," but adds that the illness is "a serious thing."

Rodgers and the Jets' other coordinators usually meet with reporters on Thursday. But the team said he had an appointment with doctors and would speak Friday.

However, a visibly concerned Bowles announced Rodgers was ill and wasn't at the facility.

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