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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Goodson misses Wednesday OTAs

By Matt Ehalt

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets running back Mike Goodson did not attend Wednesday's organized team activity because he has a stomach virus, according to his lawyer, Anthony J. Fusco.

Jets coach Rex Ryan said he expects Goodson, who is facing five counts of weapon and drug charges dating to his May 17 arrest, will be at the team's three-day minicamp beginning June 11.

Ryan was aware that Goodson would not be present Wednesday, and didn't believe Goodson would attend Thursday. He credited Goodson for the work he's done, despite missing a fair share of the voluntary practices.

"He's actually done a good job mentally with some things," Ryan said. "We've seen when he's out here, the explosiveness that he has, which everybody knows about, it's no surprise, he averages over 6 yards a carry. I think we anticipate that, we see the great speed and all that."

He added: "The guy does have the physical talent that really impresses you."

Goodson participated in OTAs for the first time on May 28, missing the entire first week of the sessions; he had sat out the previous voluntary practices, something his lawyer believed was suggested by the Jets. Goodson is facing legal issues that possibly could lead to time in prison and a suspension from the NFL.

Goodson's next court date is scheduled for June 12.

The Jets signed Goodson to a three-year, $6.9 million deal this offseason after he spent the first four seasons of his career with the Panthers and Raiders. Goodson played in 12 games for Oakland last season, rushing 35 times for 221 yards. He also had 16 catches for 195 yards.

ESPNNewYork.com reported in May that Goodson previously has been sued for paternity testing and child support by three women from August 2010 to May 2011.