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Jets RB Mike Goodson returns, suspended four games by NFL

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Mike Goodson will have to wait until at least Week 5 to get his first carry with the Jets. (USATSI)
Mike Goodson will have to wait until at least Week 5 to get his first carry with the Jets. (USATSI)

Mike Goodson is back. At least for a few days.

The Jets announced on Monday that Goodson has returned to the team, however, Goodson will only be able to practice for two days because the NFL has suspended him for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Goodson is eligible to participate in preseason practices and preseason games, which means Goodson will be able to practice with the Jets until Thursday when New York plays the Eagles in what will be the preseason finale for both teams.

The 26-year-old running back was placed on the reserve/did not report list when the Jets opened training camp in July.

Goodson was arrested and charged with marijuana possession and possession of a handgun in May. This occurred two months after the Jets signed him to a three-year, $6.9 million contract to help replace the loss of Shonn Greene.

"I've been away from the team to take care of some important personal things," Goodson said in a statement. "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."

The Jets also released their own statement, "Mike Goodson returned to the team today after taking time away to focus on a personal matter," the statement said. "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."

Goodson will be eligible to return to the team on Sept. 30, just in time for the Jets' Oct. 7 Monday night game at Atlanta.

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