So much for Mike Goodson being an immediate impact for the New York Jets. After reports indicated the troubled running back would return to the Jets in 24 hours on Monday, he was later suspended by the NFL for four games after violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Rotoworld reports that despite the suspension, it will be more important for Goodson to get back into shape after missing all of training camp so far for “unspecified reasons.”
The suspension is for Goodson’s highly publicized May arrest. The Jets should consider it a positive they’ll have Goodson’s services at all after he was AWOL for all of training camp for unspecified reasons. Look for Chris Ivory to open the season as New York’s primary early-down back, with Bilal Powell mixing in as a change-of-pace complement and passing-down player. When Goodson returns, he’ll compete in practice for offensive snaps.
Whatever the reason was that made Goodson be away from his team for over a month, he’ll now have plenty of time to get back into shape and compete for the job.
Goodson was a fourth-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2009. He spent three seasons with them and one season with the Oakland Raiders last year.