Mike Goodson's season over

Updated: October 14, 2013, 6:29 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPN.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Mike Goodson's season ended only two weeks after it began.

The New York Jets confirmed Monday that the running back tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in the team's 19-6 loss Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Goodson, suspended the first four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, was injured in the fourth quarter while trying to tackle Lawrence Timmons on an interception return. As he attempted to wrap up Timmons, Goodson was sideswiped by guard Brian Winters, who dived into the linebacker and inadvertently crashed into his teammate's knee.

The veteran running back said he was in considerable pain after the game, as the team immediately feared it was a season-ending injury. An MRI Monday morning confirmed it.

[+] EnlargeMike Goodson
AP Photo/Kathy WillensMike Goodson's 2013 season ended Sunday due to a knee injury he suffered in the Jets' loss to the Steelers.

"We all saw what we were so excited about, the type of explosiveness that young man presents," coach Rex Ryan said. "It's an unfortunate thing for sure."

It was the latest in a string of setbacks for Goodson, who signed with the Jets in the offseason as a free agent. He was arrested in May on drug and weapons charges, didn't attend training camp as he received treatment for substance abuse and sat out the first month with his suspension.

Goodson's charges are still pending. The case was sent to a Morris County (N.J.) grand jury in June. It's in the pre-indictment stage, with the grand jury expected to release its findings by the end of the month.

This is a blow to the Jets because Goodson was starting to emerge as a key contributor. They will miss his speed, especially. In two games, he averaged 8.7 yards per rush -- 61 yards on seven attempts.

The Jets (3-3) still have three backs, Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory and Alex Green, but they had plans for Goodson as the third-down back and as an integral part of their Wildcat package. They might consider bringing in another veteran. The logical candidate would be Joe McKnight, whom they released in the preseason.

McKnight also is a kickoff returner, and the Jets might need someone to fill that role because Clyde Gates suffered a shoulder injury Sunday.

"It's a tough loss, for one, because he was definitely a big contributor to our offense," Ivory said. "I know Marty [Mornhinweg] and them wanted to do a lot of things with him, with him and Bilal, change-of-pace guys. It'll probably change up some things. Going forward, we'll see how the game plan goes."

Ivory, who has rushed only 34 times, admitted he's surprised he hasn't carried the ball more often. Asked if he's unhappy with his role, Ivory said, "I'm happy. I'm fine. I say that because we've got a lot of ball left. But if it's close to the end of the season and it's still the same, I can say I wouldn't be too happy."

The Jets signed Goodson, 26, to a three-year, $6.9 million contract in March. It included a $1 million signing bonus, but they renegotiated the deal after his suspension was handed down.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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