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Former Dolphins assistant and current Jets coordinator dealing with serious illness

In this May 25, 2016, file photo, New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers speaks to reporters, in Florham Park, N.J. 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 team’s game against Denver.
In this May 25, 2016, file photo, New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers speaks to reporters, in Florham Park, N.J. 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 team’s game against Denver. AP

New York Jets defensive coordinator and former Miami Dolphins assistant coach Kacy Rodgers will be away from the Jets for an undetermined amount of time with what Jets head coach Todd Bowles called a “serious” illness.

It is unclear whether Rodgers will be available to coach the Jets’ game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

“Coach Rodgers couldn’t do his interviews today because he is ill of a nature we can’t discuss right now,” Bowles told reporters on Friday. “We’ll see going forward where he is, and go from there, so he won’t be here today and he was not at practice.”

“He’s a tough guy,” Bowles added. “It’s a serious thing.”

Darryl Slater of NJ.com reported that Bowles told the team of Rodgers’ ‘illness during their team meeting on Friday morning.

Rodgers, 49, has been a coach in the NFL for 15 years following nine years at the college level. He started with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-2007, first as the defensive tackles coach and then as the defensive line coach.

After that, he spent seven years with the Dolphins as their defensive line coach from 2008-2014 under Tony Sparano and Joe Philbin. Miami produced three Pro Bowl defensive linemen during his tenure in Randy Starks, Paul Soliai and Cam Wake.

Bowles, who worked with Rodgers in both Dallas and Miami, hired Rodgers to be his defensive coordinator in January 2015 shortly after being named head coach.

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