Bowles also repeatedly declined to answer follow-up questions wondering why Wilkerson won't make the trip.
While a number of players are going home to their Louisiana roots, Jets offensive coordinator John Morton is making somewhat of a homecoming as well. Coach Todd Bowles says Wilkerson will not travel with the team. "I'm just anxious about us right now, that's it".
Now, Wilkerson will miss an entire game because he can't - or, more accurately, won't - show up on time to a simple meeting.
But in terms of the Jets' overall team vibe down the stretch, I do think they'll keep it together and not split like they did late last season.
It marked the third straight year that Wilkerson had been benched for a quarter for disciplinary reasons.
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles announced Friday that defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson will not play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday due to a "coaching decision", according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
Last week, a team source told the Daily News that Wilkerson is "gone" after 2017.
Bowles wouldn't say if it was a suspension or what led to the decision.
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"He pretty much just said, our mission's still the same: "One team, one goal, '" linebacker said of Bowles" message.
While Morton is excited to return to The Big Easy, he's focused on getting his players ready for Sunday.
More and more, it seems likely the Jets will part ways with the 28-year-old Wilkerson, who has a $20 million salary cap figure next year.
A seven-year veteran, Wilkerson has 3.5 sacks this season - down from the 12 he had in 2015 - and 46 tackles. The Jets used the franchise tag on Wilkerson for 2016, but the sides worked out a long-term agreement minutes before the July 15 deadline last season.
It has become clear Wilkerson is no longer worth the trouble for the Jets.
McCown, whose playing future is uncertain, has been widely praised throughout his 15-year National Football League career by players and coaches for his leadership skills something that could come into play in the near future.
Since signing the contract, which made him the highest-paid player on the team, Wilkerson has been a nonfactor.
The 38-year-old quarterback is now in the midst of his first season as a member of the Jets.