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Jets coordinator Kacy Rodgers dealing with “serious” illness

Cleveland Browns v New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Defensive Coordinator Kacy Rodgers of the New York Jets stands on the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns during the game at MetLife Stadium on September 13, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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Jets coach Todd Bowles told reporters Friday that defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers might not be available for Sunday’s game, as he’s dealing with a “serious” illness.

Via the Associated Press, Bowles offered no details about Rodgers’ condition, but said he was a “tough guy,” dealing with “a serious thing.”

The 49-year-old Rodgers is a close friend of Bowles, which makes it difficult news for him to deliver. Rodgers wasn’t at his normal Thursday press conference, as the team said he had an appointment, and the plan was for him to talk today.

Bowles refuted reports earlier this year that he had taken away play-calling responsibilities from Rodgers, expressing confidence in his friend.

Our best wishes are with Rodgers and his family and friends.