Source: Goodson a no-show at minicamp

June, 17, 2014
Jun 17
11:30
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Troubled New York Jets running back Mike Goodson, still facing legal issues from an arrest last year, didn’t report Tuesday morning for the start of the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp, according to a league source.

Goodson is subject to a fine, per the CBA. If he’s a no-show for the entire minicamp, the fines could approach $70,000. The Jets have yet to comment on the matter. Rex Ryan will address it after practice, which began at 11:15 a.m.

Goodson, still rehabbing a surgically repaired knee, didn’t participate in the voluntary portion of the offseason, missing all 10 OTA practices. Ryan never gave a reason for the absence, saying he hadn’t spoken to Goodson. The coach said he expected him at the minicamp because it’s mandatory.

The veteran running back, considered a long shot to make the team, has been making headlines for the wrong reasons. It started last May, when he was arrested in New Jersey for gun possession. He was incoherent and intoxicated at the time of the arrest, police said. He received a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

He was indicted last November on second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon after he was found in a car with a Taurus .45-caliber handgun loaded with an illegal hollow-point bullet. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the charges. He rejected a plea deal that would’ve resulted in a one-year sentence.

Goodson played in only two games last season before suffering a major knee injury.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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