New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles was hospitalized with an “undisclosed illness” and although he is in “stable condition,” the second-year head coach did not travel with the team to New England, ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported.
Per the team’s official release, it is unclear whether or not Bowles will coach the Jets in their divisional bout against the Patriots on Saturday. If he does not, assistant head coach Mike Caldwell will take his duties.
Caldwell, who is in the midst of his second season as the Jets assistant head coach, came with Bowles from Arizona prior to the 2015 season. He has worked with the inside linebackers for both New York and Arizona.
Before his coaching career began with the Cardinals, Caldwell played linebacker for six different NFL teams over the span of a decade. His first stint in the NFL was with the Cleveland Browns, where he played under current Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
If Bowles is unable to coach, Caldwell would get an opportunity to manage the sideline opposite Belichick.
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