Jets' Joe McKnight arrested on outstanding warrants after stop

Joe McKnight was released from jail after posting $320 bail..
Joe McKnight was released from jail after posting $320 bail. (USATSI)

Most of the "news" surrounding the Jets this offseason relates to their quarterback battle. Maybe the running backs are jealous of all the attention, because they're doing their best to draw some attention to the rest of the backfield.

The latest newsmaker was running back Joe McKnight, who was arrested last week for outstanding warrants as a result of traffic violations, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

McKnight was pulled over after passing by a police car at high speed and failing to signal while changing lanes; the officer ran his license plate and discovered two outstanding warrants. One for failing to pay a $200 fine for not producing an insurance card and another for failure to pay $120 fine for a traffic violation.

Whoops. McKnight was then taken to jail where he released after posting $320 (!) bail.

The Jets backup isn't the first of Rex Ryan's running backs to find trouble with the law this offseason: free-agent acquisition Mike Goodson was busted in a much more serious incident involving drugs and firearms.

No one's sure what Goodson's current deal with the team is -- Ryan simply said "No" when asked if there updates on Goodson -- and there apparently isn't a timetable for his return either.

"Not really," Ryan responded to be asked when Goodson might return. "I’ll just leave it as, I’ve said what I’ve said about him and that’s really all I’m going to say about it."

So that leaves two running backs to cover, yes? Turns out Bilal Powell is in the lead -- he's currently topping the Jets first unofficial depth chart -- thanks to an injury to Chris Ivory that's got Ryan "frustrated."

"You’re kind of frustrated a little bit because you want to see big Chris (Ivory) get it going. But hey, he’s had a hamstring. When the trainers clear him, he’ll be ready to roll," Ryan said Monday. "I know he’s chomping at the bit to get out, there. He’s working extremely hard. Sometimes, hamstrings, you always look at (like), “Well, he’s not in shape. Well, this guy’s got three percent body fat. We can’t work him hard enough in the weight room. It’s just an unfortunate thing that he’s had. I think once the trainers clear him, he’ll be ready to roll"

Meanwhile, Ryan praised Powell for having "done a tremendous job." So there's at least that.

Bilal Powell I think has really stepped up and done a tremendous job for us. And the other guys are doing OK," Ryan said. "I thought Joe (McKnight) was playing well until the head injury, or whatever it is."

Is it possible the Jets running game is a bigger mess than the passing game? At least with Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez we're basically talking about a coin flip right? And both are at least healthy and out on the field.

The Jets paid Goodson in free agency and traded for Ivory and somehow currently they've got less to show for their running game than they did when 2012's nightmare season ended.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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