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New York Jets' RB Mike Goodson Suspended for First Four Regular Season Games

Remember when we were all wondering what was going on with Mike Goodson? Well, we know now.

Mike Goodson has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He is eligible to return to the roster following the game against the Tennessee Titans. The Jets have placed him on the active/non-football injury list.

Here is a statement from the New York Jets regarding his absence from training camp:

“Mike Goodson returned to the team today after taking time away to focus on a personal matter. 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.”

And here we have a statement from Mike Goodson on the same topic:

“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. I appreciate all of the support from the Jets organization and I’m thankful to be back with my teammates.”

Knowing that Mike was coming back had to be part of the thinking in letting McKnight go earlier today. We won’t have him for the first four games, but he will be an important asset moving forward.

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  • Paul Newbold

    I’m probably in the minority again, but I think they should have cut him. Talented? Maybe. But the stupidity he showed being in a car with guns, weed, hollow point bullets, and booze was ridiculous. 4 game suspension? The NFL really needs to tighten things up! Any gun violation (whether he owned it or not), should at the very least cost a player a full season without pay. I’d prefer a lifetime ban myself, guns and drugs have no place in sports, Any way, I guess he could be an asset down the road…I’m just tired of watching criminals being paid millions to play football. I’ve been told you don’t win football games with “choir boys”. If that’s the case, I’d rather loose then watch a team full of thugs. Just my opinion…

    • TheJetPress

      I actually can’t blame you at all on that Paul. Bon Jovi, when he owned the Philadelphia Soul of the AFL, had a “no thug” rule. I wish NFL teams would adopt that rule. It would make the players a bit more of a group worth our kids looking up to.

      • Craig Hoffman

        The gun issue has not been adjudicated and it appears that gun is not his as the other gentleman in the car said it was his and has a weapons related record. It is very possible, if not probable, that his going to rehab was part of a yet to be completed plea agreement. His mistake was getting in that car and the person he chose to be around and not using the car service that the Jets and the NFL provide.

        • TheJetPress

          Very true. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a player, in a compromising situation, do the appropriate thing, just once?

  • Bennny K

    Realistically a drruken driver can kill your mother, father, brother, sister, children and anyone of your family members.
    Smoking weed can make you an idiot.

    The NFL wants to be tough? Players who get DUIs should spend more time off the field because they can kill someone.
    The idiot smoking weed is going to make me wait longer for my pizza delivery.

    • TheJetPress

      I like it Benny….not bad ideas at all.

  • Vincent Hall

    He gets a 4 game ban? They should have McKnight on the roster until the next round of cuts. Given him 25 carries against the Eagles. If he did well they should have cut Goodson, if he played poorly, they should have let him go at the roster cutdown to 53. But cutting a player, while keeping a guy on your roster who was on your team all of a few weeks before being suspended doesn’t make sense to me.

    • TheJetPress

      Can’t disagree with you there, with this news the McKnight cut is a bit more of a head-scratcher

      • Craig Hoffman

        This year Khalil Bell > Joe McKnight that pretty much explains the cut to me. Bell can run efficiently and doesn’t have McKnight’s “baggage”.

        • TheJetPress

          I’m totally with you there

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