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No-show Mike Goodson released by Jets

Jets running back Mike Goodson wipes the sweat

Jets running back Mike Goodson wipes the sweat off his head during practice in Florham Park. (May 30, 2013) Credit: AP

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets finally ran out of patience with Mike Goodson.

The team released the wayward running back Wednesday, ending his brief and rather bizarre tenure with the team that included an arrest on drug and weapons charges two months after he signed a free-agent deal in March 2013.

The tipping point came Tuesday, when Goodson was a no-show for the first day of mandatory minicamp. A day later, he was cut with a "left squad" designation.

"It's not the normal course of action if you want to be on a team, to not show up to mandatory events," owner Woody Johnson said Wednesday. "This league is all based on showing up on time. And you have to respect your colleagues and all that. So we'll see what the outcome of Mike is.

"He's a talented player. But you're no good to the team if you're not here."

Goodson, 27, was general manager John Idzik's first free-agent signee.

"Like we do with all of our players, we gave Mike -- we feel, in good conscience -- every opportunity here with the Jets. And unfortunately it didn't work out," said Idzik, who signed the former Raider and Panther to a three-year, $6.9 million deal.

Idzik said the Goodson situation has been "building.''

"This is mandatory minicamp," he said. "We expect all of our players to be here."

Idzik wouldn't say whether he expects Goodson to file an injury grievance, nor would he confirm that the team will try to get back a portion of his $1 million signing bonus. Asked if he spoke to Goodson, Idzik said: "I won't get into personal conversations that we have with others.''

State troopers said they found Goodson sitting on the passenger's side of a parked SUV on Interstate 80 in Denville, New Jersey, at about 3:20 a.m. on May 17, 2013. According to the affidavit, police found "a small amount" of marijuana in his pants pocket, a loaded .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun and drug paraphernalia. Goodson reportedly is due back in Morris County court next Thursday, and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the weapons charges.

The NFL suspended Goodson for the first four regular-season games last season for violating its substance-abuse policy. Shortly after being reinstated, he tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee during a game. His Jets statline: two games, 61 rushing yards and two catches for 19 yards.

"We're in the human business," Idzik said, adding "you can do as much research as you can" but you can't predict certain behavior.

Rex Ryan said he last spoke to Goodson "maybe two or three months ago" when he was rehabbing his left knee at the facility. Several teammates shrugged when asked about Goodson's whereabouts. And so did Ryan.

"There's no question it concerns me," Ryan said. "But again, I've tried to reach out to him and haven't been able to make contact with him."

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