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Jets waive backup O-lineman Oday Aboushi

Offensive tackle Oday Aboushi of the New York

Offensive tackle Oday Aboushi of the New York Jets looks on against the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 7, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Getty Images / Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

The Jets on Tuesday waived backup offensive lineman Oday Aboushi, who had been reinstated after being suspended for Sunday's regular-season opener for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

The Virginia product was a fifth-round pick of former general manager John Idzik in 2013.

Aboushi was inactive for all 16 games of his rookie season, but last year, he started the final 10 games in place of left guard Brian Winters, who was placed on injured reserve after tearing a knee ligament.

On Jan. 10, Aboushi was arrested in Morris Plains, New Jersey, following a traffic stop. According to a release issued by police, officers detected "the odor of burnt marijuana'' coming from Aboushi's black Cadillac Escalade and, after they were given consent to search the vehicle, found "a small amount'' of marijuana and "suspected drug paraphernalia.''

Police said Aboushi was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and was issued summonses for "driving while suspended, careless driving and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.''

But Aboushi's representatives said in an emailed statement Aug. 20 that "Oday accepted responsibility for the traffic infraction and all other charges were dismissed.''

"I apologize for my actions and understand the repercussions,'' Aboushi said at the time, through the Jets. "This is something I've learned from and I'm focused on moving forward.''

Aboushi's off-the-field transgression did nothing to help his playing time. With D'Brickashaw Ferguson, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold and Breno Giacomini securing their starting spots in training camp, that left Willie Colon, Winters, Brent Qvale and Aboushi competing for the right guard job -- and it was clear early on that Colon was head and shoulders above the rest.

Mo: 'D' turned it around

During his weekly radio spot Tuesday on WFAN, Muhammad Wilkerson said the Jets' third-down defense and ability to force turnovers were the keys in Sunday's 31-10 win over the Browns.

"We decided to settle down and relax,'' the defensive end said. "That's the biggest thing we did, getting off the field on third down. We had a hard time doing that at first. But later on, we did what we had to do to get off the field.''

The Jets, who totaled a league-low 13 takeaways in 2014, had five against Cleveland.

W. Islip coach honored

The Jets named West Islip's Steve Mileti coach of the week. Mileti will receive $2,000 to benefit the school's football program, and he will be invited to watch the Titans-Jets game Dec. 13 in a MetLife Stadium suite.

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