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Jets RB Goodson to be arraigned in N.J.

1/14/2014

New York Jets running back Mike Goodson will be arraigned Wednesday morning in Morris County (N.J.) Superior Court, where he is expected to enter a "not guilty" plea on weapons charges.

Goodson was indicted in November on charges of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and fourth-degree prohibited weapons and devices. They stem from his arrest last May on Route 80 in New Jersey, where he and Garant Evans -- the driver of an SUV -- were found stopped in the middle of the highway at 3 a.m. Goodson was intoxicated and found in possession of marijuana.

Each faces at least three years in prison if convicted. Evans had a prior gun conviction.

Prosecutors aren't pursuing the drug charges, but Goodson ended up serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The gun charges are a separate issue, and he could wind up with another suspension if he's found to be in violation of the league's personal-conduct policy.

A loaded Taurus .45 caliber handgun was found by police in the glove box, along with rounds of ammunition, including at least one hollow-point bullet -- ammunition banned in New Jersey. The key issue in the case is determining who owned the gun.

Goodson played only two games last season, suffering a season-ending knee injury in the second game back from suspension. He's under contract for two more seasons.