Jets RB Mike Goodson Suspended 4 Games
By Allen Kim
Mike Goodson finally reported to the New York Jets, but the running back was quickly placed on the active/non-football injury list. The NFL also suspended him for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, which stems from drug and weapons charges he was arrested for in May.
"Mike Goodson returned to the team today after taking time away to focus on a personal matter," the Jets announced 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."
Goodson, who started his first three years in the league with the Carolina Panthers before playing with the Oakland Raiders last season, signed a three-year, $5 million contract in March with the Jets to help replace Shonn Greene at tailback. However, he’s been conspicuously absent ever since.
"I’ve been away from the team to take care of some important personal things," said Goodson. "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. I appreciate all of the support from the Jets organization and I’m thankful to be back with my teammates."
With Chris Ivory and Billal Powell doing little to impress, Goodson has a shot to contribute in a fairly significant role in the backfield when he returns. But that will probably take time since he needs to get up to speed and he’s likely to start in Rex Ryan’s doghouse before he earns some playing time.