FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The troubled Mike Goodson, who never reported to training camp because of an undisclosed personal reason, is on the verge of returning to the Jets, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Coach Rex Ryan said Monday he wasn't aware of Goodson's imminent return, but a league source confirmed the veteran running back is likely to rejoin the Jets in the next 24 hours. But how long will he stay? Some fear he could receive a multiple-game suspension from the NFL stemming from his arrest in May on drug and weapon charges. In June, the case was sent to a grand jury by the Morris County (N.J.) Superior Court. The case still is pending, although a source indicated there could be a resolution by next month.
Goodson's anticipated return likely factored into the team's decision to release backup running back and kickoff returner Joe McKnight. The Jets are down to two primary backs, Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory.
"I can't confirm or deny when Mike will report," his agent, Kennard McGuire, said in a text message to ESPNNewYork.com. "When it happens, John (Idzik) and I will deal with it accordingly."
Team officials have been tightlipped on Goodson's absence, calling it a "delicate matter." Goodson participated in the offseason program, but he didn't show for training camp and was placed on the reserve/did not report list. Idzik has provided no details, except to say he expects Goodson back with the team at some point.
It was an embarrassing situation for the Jets, who signed him to a three-year, $6 million contract in free agency. Two months later, Goodson -- the passenger -- was found in a car in the middle of Interstate 80 in New Jersey, so intoxicated that he needed medical attention. He was arrested for possession of a semi-automatic handgun and marijuana. At the time, the Jets said they'd let the legal process play out before making a decision on Goodson's status with the team.