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Jets guard Oday Aboushi suspended for regular-season opener

New York Jets lineman Oday Aboushi is seen

New York Jets lineman Oday Aboushi is seen prior to a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Photo Credit: Lee S. Weissman

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jets backup guard Oday Aboushi has been suspended without pay for the first game of the regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the league announced Thursday.

According to a statement sent by Aboushi's representatives, the backup offensive lineman "was pulled over for a traffic stop in Morris Plains, N.J. on January 10, 2015. During the stop, police recovered a very small amount of marijuana from his vehicle. Oday accepted responsibility for the traffic infraction and all other charges were dismissed."

Aboushi, a former fifth-round pick of the Jets in 2013, can continue participating in preseason practices and games. But he won't be eligible to return to the team's active roster until Sept. 14, a day after their season opener against the Cleveland Browns.

"I apologize for my actions and understand the repercussions," Aboushi, 24, said in a statement released by the team. "This is something I've learned from and I'm focused on moving forward."

Said first-year coach Todd Bowles: "News like this is never welcome. We will support Oday as we continue with our preparations for the upcoming season."

Aboushi's suspension is just the latest in a string of off-the-field drama for the Jets.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The former defensive rookie of the year in 2013 and 2014 Pro Bowler is also expected to be penalized further by the NFL following his July 14 arrest in Missouri after a high-speed chase from police.

Last week, starting quarterback Geno Smith was punched by former teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali in the locker room after a dispute over a $600 debt. Smith, who underwent surgery last Thursday, is expected to be out 6-10 weeks.


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