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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Jets RB Goodson: I have my life in order

By Rich Cimini

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Mike Goodson, admitting he was "embarrassed" by his drunken arrest in May, refused Tuesday to comment on his off-the-field problems. But he promised to spark the Jets' offense once he returns from his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

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"I think I'm really explosive and, given four weeks to prepare for something, I think I'll be pretty explosive and ready to play," the troubled running back said upon returning from his month away from the team.

Goodson said he didn't appeal his four-game ban, declining to give his reasons. He's allowed to attend meetings and train individually, but he can't practice until Sept. 30. On Tuesday, he dressed in his No. 23 jersey and worked off to the side with a trainer.

Goodson, a no-show at training camp, wouldn't confirm or deny that he spent the past month in rehab for substance abuse. Sources said he did receive treatment, likely as part of the league's program.

"I just have my life in order," he said. "I was able to get my life in order and able to look at some things that I wasn't happy with."

Goodson, who came to the Jets on a three-year, $6.9 million contract, was arrested as a passenger in a car that was stopped in the middle of Interstate 80 in New Jersey. He was so intoxicated that he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He was incoherent and had vomited on himself in the car, according to police. He was charged with possession of marijuana and a semi-automatic handgun. The case still is being adjudicated.

"Personally? Yeah, it was kind of embarrassing," said Goodson, refusing to discuss the incident or his case because it's a pending legal matter. He added, "I'm pretty disappointed in myself."

The Jets stuck by him amid external pressure to cut the fifth-year player loose. Goodson said he never feared for his job. He thanked the team for its support. Head coach Rex Ryan wouldn't say if he's disappointed in Goodson.

"It's kind of a tough question because everybody makes mistakes," Ryan said. "Every person in here has made mistakes and I know I've made plenty, and they're well-documented. So for me to pass judgment on somebody, I'm just happy the young man is back with us."

Goodson said he didn't do much physical activity during his time away, but he's confident he can get into football shape by the time he returns. Ryan admitted it will be a challenge.

"I think guys will get tired, going through a season ... and I'll be coming back fresh," Goodson said. "I think I'll be able to contribute a lot when I get back."