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Mike Goodson: 'It seems like forever' since I last played

Jets running back Mike Goodson rushes upfield during

Jets running back Mike Goodson rushes upfield during Day 1 of team minicamp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, N.J. (June 11, 2013) Credit: James Escher

For Mike Goodson, playing football feels “like forever” ago.

After serving a four-game suspension for an offseason arrest on weapons and drugs charges, the running back is anxious to get back on the practice field and see live action in games.

Goodson said he isn’t yet sure what his role will be, “but whatever they’ve got, I’m ready for it,” he added.

The Jets – who signed him to a three-year deal this offseason – are enamored with his speed, and special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica told reporters last week that Goodson will get opportunities in “a variety of roles,” including kickoff return.

Goodson, however, doesn’t care how he’s used. Just being able to play football again is a blessing. Over the past four weeks he’s been able to attend meetings and work out at the facility, but he hasn’t been allowed to practice, per league rules. In that time, Goodson said he’s maintained “a pretty strict” workout schedule. “I feel good,” he said. “I’m healthy and strong and ready to play.”

“For these past four games I’ve just kind of been focusing on football and learning the playbook and more so getting into the playbook and working out,” he added.

It remains to be seen how much playing time he gets Monday night against the Falcons (1-3), but Goodson is hoping for one thing in Atlanta. That he provides a spark for the Jets (2-2).

“Wherever they choose to place me,” he said, “wherever they choose to put me in there, just bring a spark.”

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