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

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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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