- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Mike Goodson experienced a tight hamstring in Friday’s practice, his third after finishing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Goodson didn’t finish the practice, and moved over to the stationary bikes instead. Because he is not technically active yet, he was not on the injury report, but New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said that Goodson did not participate in team drills.
The Jets had planned to use Goodson as a tailback and possibly as a kickoff returner, special-teams coordinator Ben Kotwica said. Goodson had been practicing at that spot before the hamstring issue, and he was still being evaluated in the afternoon.
“I don't think there's much of anything there [with his hamstring],” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “I'm excited to get Mike rolling.”
Goodson wasn’t available in the locker room after practice Friday, but the day before he had said he expected to play in Atlanta on Monday night.
“Yeah,” Goodson said Thursday. “I can’t say how much or what kind of load I’m going to carry, but I expect to play.”
Ryan acknowledged that expectations may have changed given the injury.
“The thing about Mike is we’ll see how he progresses during the week,” the coach said. “It’s tough when you’ve been out that long to get out. So how many reps he gets and all that, I just will say, like I said yesterday, I hope he plays.”
As Goodson rode the bike, running back Chris Ivory practiced in a limited capacity for the first time this week. The Jets are hoping to have him back on the field Monday as a complement to Bilal Powell, who is tied for third in rushing yards in the AFC.
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