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Jets' Mike Goodson Suspended 4 Games for Violating Substances of Abuse Policy

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Mike Goodson #25 of the Oakland Raiders rushes and gains eleven yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first quarter at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 16, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Ethan GrantAnalyst IAugust 27, 2013

The NFL has suspended New York Jets running back Mike Goodson four games for violating the league's Substances of Abuse Policy. 

New York's official Twitter account tweeted out the news:

...Goodson's been suspended by the NFL for Jets' first 4 regular-season games for violating Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 27, 2013

New York Daily News reporter Manish Mehta posted this tweet with information about Goodson's restrictions during the suspension:

Mike Goodson can attend meetings & condition alone at Jets facility during his 4-game suspension. He can't practice during that time #nyj

— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 27, 2013

In a corresponding move, Goodson has been placed on the team's Active/Non-Football Injury/Illness list, as reported by team's official Twitter account:

Jets RB Mike Goodson has returned to the team and has been placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury/Illness list. ...

— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 27, 2013

Goodson, the Jets and an NFL spokesman each released a statement after the suspension was announced. As reported by the Jets' official website, here's those three statements in their entirety. 

Per the Jets:

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.

Per Goodson:

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.

Per an anonymous NFL spokesman:

Mike Goodson of the New York Jets has been suspended without pay for the team’s first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse...Goodson will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Monday, September 30 following the team’s September 29 game against the Tennessee Titans.

As noted by ESPN's Rich Cimini, Goodson was scheduled to return to the team in the next 24 hours after being absent from team activities for the last three months.

The 26-year-old was arrested in May on drug possession and weapons charges in New Jersey, two months after he signed a three-year contract to join the Jets from the Oakland Raiders this offseason. 

Goodson did not report to the start of Jets training camp in late July. 

The four-year veteran began his career with the Carolina Panthers after being taken with a fourth-round selection in 2009. He spent three years with the Panthers before joining the Raiders in 2012. 

In 40 career games, Goodson has logged 160 carries for 722 yards and three touchdowns. Most of his damage came during the 2010 season—Goodson had 452 yards rushing, 310 yards receiving (40 receptions) and three of his four career touchdowns that year. 

The Jets released RB Joe McKnight on Monday. In addition to Goodson, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Kahlil Bell and Mossis Madu are the remaining players at the position on the roster. 

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