FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Less than two weeks ago, Mike Goodson was beaming about his fresh start, describing how his time away from football had sharpened his resolve to bring a spark to the Jets' offense. And now his season is over.
The Jets running back announced the news of his MCL and ACL tears -- suffered in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 19-6 loss to the Steelers -- via his Twitter page Monday morning, and Rex Ryan confirmed Goodson is done for the year.
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"Ugh, it's tough," Ryan said on ESPN Radio of losing Goodson, who was spotted in the facility on crutches. "This guy's a game-breaker. He has explosive speed. It's just unfortunate because we were excited about him."
Ryan acknowledged that the Jets are looking for a wide receiver or running back.
"I think we're in the market to look at anything that can help our team," he said. "With Goodson out, we'll need a playmaker . . . We'll certainly be looking."
"I think every single guy felt bitter after that loss on the road that Thursday night," Smith said, referring to their Week 2 defeat in Foxborough. "We played really well in the early parts of the game. And then pretty much the bottom fell out, those last 12 plays.
"We had three interceptions, which were on me, and then we just didn't get a chance to get down in field-goal range or possibly score a touchdown."
Ryan joked that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, who has yet to play this season, should sit out another week. "I checked on it, he definitely needs one more week," he said. "He absolutely needs one more week." . . . The Jets still are awaiting MRI results on Clyde Gates' injury, but Ryan said the receiver's left shoulder was "damaged" in Sunday's game. Gates said he hopes to play against New England . . . Ryan wouldn't say if CB Kyle Wilson suffered a concussion against the Steelers.