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NFL gives Mike Goodson a four-game suspension

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The NFL has suspended Jets running back Mike Goodson for four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, the club announced Monday night.

Goodson, 26, has missed training camp and the Jets’ first three preseason games but rejoined the club on Monday. He signed with the Jets in the offseason.

It’s unclear specifically why Goodson was suspended, but he was arrested in May on drug and handgun charges in New Jersey.

“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,” the Jets said in a team-issued statement.

“I’ve been away from the team to take care of some important personal things,” Goodson said in a statement from the club. “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.”

If Goodson fulfills the terms of his suspension, he can return for the Jets’ Oct. 7 game at Atlanta. He cannot practice with the club during his four-game ban.

Should he return, Goodson would give the Jets’ backfield a little more playmaking ability and depth. Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell are the club’s top two backs.

Goodson has rushed for 722 yards and three scores on 160 regular-season carries in his NFL career. He played for the Panthers from 2009 through 2011, then was acquired by Oakland in the 2012 offseason. Goodson appeared in 12 games as a backup for the Raiders a season ago, rushing for 221 yards on 35 carries and catching 16 passes for 195 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown against Miami.

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31 Responses to “NFL gives Mike Goodson a four-game suspension”
  1. scoops1 says: Aug 26, 2013 10:26 PM

    can the NFL just suspend the entire Jets organzation for the entire season??

  2. rboutote says: Aug 26, 2013 10:29 PM

    Suspended for a substance abuse issue? Or for violating Goodell’s player conduct policy? I’m confused… What’s next.. Are they going to see he was in rehab while he was away from the team? Weird situation.. Only reason the guy wasn’t released after his arrest is because they have an unproven player too much guaranteed money in his contract. Bad start for Idzik.

  3. moerawn says: Aug 26, 2013 10:32 PM

    Once you’re a Jet you’re a Jet all the way.

  4. lawest111 says: Aug 26, 2013 10:40 PM

    I don’t understand why they wouldn’t cut him and try to find some RB help.

  5. datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh says: Aug 26, 2013 10:42 PM

    And I thought Denver had a bad offseason. Rex reminds of a fat, defensive Josh McDaniels. While the soap opera is funny to me as a Broncos fan, I cant help but feel bad for the Jets. No fan should have to suffer like this. This franchise might have the worst curse professional sports have ever seen. Here well give you Zac Dysert, Lance Ball, Joel Dressen, Mitch Unrein, Tony Carter, Stevie Johnson, Chris Clark, and Andre Caldwell for a 4th round pick. IM rooting for you guys to beat NE at least once help Denver get a higher seed in the playoffs haha

  6. footballradioshow says: Aug 26, 2013 10:45 PM

    He got off easy. A lot if talent, he needs to quit acting like a fool.

  7. UPYRS says: Aug 26, 2013 10:45 PM

    NY Jests. And the implosion continues

  8. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 26, 2013 10:46 PM

    Translation: We already gave him $1,000,000 and don’t want to cut him.

    Looking at his past financial history, I’d bet he’s already spent that money.

  9. mattjay0101 says: Aug 26, 2013 10:48 PM

    I’m inclined to believe that everyone in the NFL is a dope smoking gangster…….that is everyone except #TimTebow

  10. icdogg says: Aug 26, 2013 10:49 PM

    If Goodson signed with the Jags, they could have a Goodson/Todman production.

  11. sellout1983 says: Aug 26, 2013 10:50 PM

    Jesus Christ Jets, get your sh#t together!

  12. henryjones20 says: Aug 26, 2013 10:54 PM

    IMO drug testing should be mandatory after an arrest.urine colletor should be waiting at the prison doorway.

  13. thefiesty1 says: Aug 26, 2013 10:56 PM

    Pretty soon Rex will be doing double duty as QB, LB and coach.

  14. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 26, 2013 10:56 PM

    Why all the headlines dedicated to a scrub like this guy? More like Mike Badson.

  15. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 26, 2013 10:56 PM

    Why all the headlines dedicated to a scrub like this guy? More like Mike Badson.

  16. thetooloftools says: Aug 26, 2013 11:09 PM

    What about Bill Todman?
    (google it)

  17. mavix27 says: Aug 26, 2013 11:09 PM

    Kenny Britt has nine run ins with the law and gets a one game suspension…where’s the justice for Goodson?

  18. silvernblak says: Aug 26, 2013 11:45 PM

    jets turn……

  19. GBwomenrhot says: Aug 26, 2013 11:49 PM

    Can he play QB?

  20. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 26, 2013 11:54 PM

    Can the Jets be any worse? I mean really, they were actually good two years ago. I can’t believe Ryan is still coach after such a massive collapse.

  21. itsunclepauley says: Aug 27, 2013 12:01 AM

    Though by no means a rare talent, he is a skill player on a skill-starved offense…..on this team he’s worth his weight in gold.

  22. papacrick says: Aug 27, 2013 12:30 AM

    Clearly he went to rehab

  23. sowcrates says: Aug 27, 2013 12:42 AM

    Never made it to training camp, no preseason games, suspended four games and can’t practice, suspended for something that happened after he signed his contract with a new team and probably slightly different playbook…

    …why hasn’t this guy just been cut yet?

  24. ningenito78 says: Aug 27, 2013 12:42 AM

    Nothing helps a guy with a drug problem like suspending him from his job and forcing him to have 4 weeks with nothing to do. Well played NFL. Well played. Pretty obvious I would think he was on rehab or something to the effect. Guys that walk out of rehab and right home with nothing to do really helps the success rate of getting clean. At least let the guy freaking practice.

  25. klecko says: Aug 27, 2013 12:46 AM

    He’s being suspended for not showing up at camp? Or for not being convicted of a crime yet??

  26. rcali says: Aug 27, 2013 1:03 AM

    Wow, last time I checked this guy wasn’t Adrian Peterson. Always interesting what desperate teams are willing to deal with.

  27. nflcrimerankingscom says: Aug 27, 2013 1:46 AM

    loser

  28. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Aug 27, 2013 3:41 AM

    Getting drunk & soiling oneself is now a suspendible offense?

  29. bcgreg says: Aug 27, 2013 6:26 AM

    Welcome back, Mike.

  30. greenmeattruck says: Aug 27, 2013 6:48 AM

    Thumbs up if you agree that the BCS Champion should play the Jets every year.

    I think I know who would win. Every year.

  31. jetsfaninjersey says: Aug 27, 2013 7:39 AM

    I would dare to say that the “important personal things” he refers to was probably rehab. As a recovering person, football aside, you can only hope that this young man can put the demons behind him and move forward with his life.
    For the Jets, a clean and sober Goodson with a new lease on life, can only help their backfield depth in case of injuries. Good Luck Mike!

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