Mike Goodson returns to Jets, suspended 4 games for drugs

8/27/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe New York Jets had some good and bad news regarding Mike Goodson. While the running back returned to the team on Monday, following over a month long absence, he is not expected to immediately contribute for the Jets out of the backfield in the regular season opener. After placing him on the team’s Active/Non-Football Injury/Illness list on Monday, the Jets also announced that Goodson had been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 season, due to violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
 
“Mike Goodson returned to the team today after taking time away to focus on a personal matter,” the Jets released in a statement. “While we welcome Mike back to the organization, we have had direct conversations to make our expectations very clear as we work together to help him move forward in a positive manner, both on and off the field.”
 
“During his suspension, Mike will be permitted to attend meetings and condition on an individual basis at our practice facility. However, he will not be permitted to practice or play.”
 
Due to the suspension, Goodson will have to wait until Week 5 to get his first carry with the Jets, after he was acquired as a free agent this offseason. Goodson will become eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster by Sept. 30, just a day after the team’s third regular season game against the Tennessee Titans. After serving his suspension, Goodson’s first game this season will likely be on Oct. 7 against the Atlanta Falcons.
 
In Goodson’s absence, Chris Ivory comes off as the Jets’ primary early-down back in the season opener, with Bilal Powell in the mix as a change-of-pace complement and passing-down player.
 
Anyhow, Goodson’s return is a positive development since he can now begin to learn and play as a versatile weapon out of the backfield in the Jets’ offense. Goodson previously after he did not report to training camp due to unspecified reasons and was correspondingly placed on the reserve/did not report list in July. For most of the offseason, a cloud hung over Goodson – who signed a three-year, 6.9 million contract in May – until the jets closed the book on Joe McKnight earlier today.
 
“I’ve been away from the team to take care of some important personal things. The time was helpful to me and now that I am back, I am going to do everything I can to contribute to the team,” Goodson said. “I appreciate all of the support from the Jets organization and I’m thankful to be back with my teammates.”
 
The 26-year-old’s suspension likely stemmed from his May 17 arrest in New Jersey. Goodson and a friend were charged with marijuana possession and possession of a handgun during a traffic stop on the I-80 in New Jersey. The arrest occurred just two months after Goodson signed a three-year, $6.9 million contract with the Jets. However, Goodson pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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