Mike Goodson suspended for first four games

Mike Goodson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the NFL season, the league announced. Goodson is suspended without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

He will be eligible to return to the active roster on Monday, September 30, one day after the Jets take on the Tennessee Titans in the team’s fourth game of the year.

The Jets issued a statement on the suspension:

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.

Goodson also had a statement:

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.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Based on the tenor of the first sentence of both statements, it is easy to draw a conclusion to what is being implied by the team and Goodson on why he has not been present.  We are happy to hear that he prioritized taking care of personal matters and we hope his return to the field is rewarded for it.

Hopefully, the suspension will be all that is required from the NFL based on his May arrest — meaning that nothing more is coming down the pipe based on whatever his sentence is. Chris Ivory will open the season as New York’s primary early-down back, with Bilal Powell filling the change-of-pace role. Once he can return to the team in late September, Goodson could compete for reps.