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Shaun Ellis suspended for opener and fined (Updated)
Just got the official word that DE Shaun Ellis has been suspended without pay for the Sept. 13 opener in Houston. Ellis was also fined an additional $100,000 for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Ellis' suspension stems from his Nov. 29 arrest, when he was pulled over in I-287 near the Jets' practice facility in Florham Park, N.J. and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, speeding, failure to keep right, driving without insurance and failure to produce a valid registration card.
"It's not surprising," Ellis said after practice. "I knew there was a possibility of that. The league made a decision and that's what I have to go by and I have to accept it."
The suspension begins on Sept. 5 and he'll be placed on the reserve suspended list. He's eligible to return to the active roster the day after the season opener.
"The league made a call and there's nothing I can do about it," Ellis said when asked if he thought losing a game check plus an additional hundred grand was excessive. "I've just got too learn from this mistake and move on. Put it behind me and get ready for Week 2."
Ellis said "it hurts" when I asked him how much it bothers him that he won't be in the season opener since the Jets will already be without LB Calvin Pace. Remember, Pace is suspended for the first four games after violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Their absence means the Jets will be down to starters up front when they take on the Texans.
Over the last year, Ellis has racked up the fines. The Jets reportedly fined him $10,000 for the Nov. 29 incident and he was hit with a $10,000 fine for tossing the gigantic snowball into the Qwest Field stands moments after the Jets' 13-3 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle on Dec. 21.