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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Goodson returns as OTAs resume

By Rich Cimini

As expected, embattled RB Mike Goodson rejoined the Jets on Tuesday for their OTA practices, a source said. Goodson, facing gun and drug charges, skipped the voluntary sessions last week amid the fallout of his highly publicized arrest.

Tuesday's session was closed to the media. The Jets also practice this week on Thursday (open) and Friday (closed).

Goodson's New Jersey-based lawyer, Anthony Fusco, hinted at last Wednesday's arraignment that his client soon would return to practice. ESPNNewYork.com reported Friday that Goodson's return would occur this week.

The Jets haven't commented on the pending charges, except to say they plan to let the legal process take its course before making a determination on Goodson's status. Goodson, through his lawyer, has claimed that the gun, which was found by police during the arrest, doesn't belong to him. He was the passenger in an SUV that was stopped in the left-center lane on Route 80 in New Jersey after 3 a.m. on May 17. Goodson was found to be "incoherent, slobbering and had vomited on himself," according to a police affidavit. He was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of marijuana.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 12.

An ESPNewYork.com investigation into Goodson's background uncovered a string of legal issues. He was sued for paternity and child support by three different women from August 2010 to May 2011. He also was sued for a $56,465 bill at a Texas jewelry store. To make payment, his wages with the Raiders last season were garnished, a total of $84,423, including fees and interest.