Jets won't say if they expect Goodson back

July, 26, 2013
7/26/13
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The mystery of Mike Goodson's absence from Jets camp deepened on Friday. Coach Rex Ryan could not tell reporters whether or not the running back would appear at training camp at all.

“I know where he is and all that stuff and I guess that’s all I’m going to leave it at,” Ryan said.

The team has not commented on the reason for Goodson’s no-show. Not long after signing a three-year deal with the Jets in March, he was arrested in a car containing marijuana, paraphernalia, an illegal gun and hollow-point bullets. Both Goodson and the driver of the car were unresponsive in the left lane of a New Jersey highway when they were found by police in the early hours of the morning on May 17.

Although a court might offer pre-trial intervention in a case like that, Goodson’s attorney Anthony Fusco said Goodson wasn’t out because of his legal issues. Fusco said the next court date is in September.

“There is nothing to do with the case,” Fusco told ESPNNewYork.com.

The Jets issued this comment on Thursday when Goodson did not report: “We knew Mike was not going to report and we understand why he’s not here.”

When asked for specifics, Goodson’s agent Kennard McGuire said it was a personal situation.

"Mike is addressing a few personal matters,” McGuire’s text read. “John Idzik and the Jets are aware and are supportive."
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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