FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jets running back Mike Goodson called his arrest in May on drug and weapons charges "kind of embarrassing" Tuesday, adding that he was "pretty disappointed in himself."
Goodson made his comments in his first meeting with reporters since he was discovered passed out in the passenger seat of a parked car on a New Jersey highway in May. Police found a loaded gun and marijuana in the car.
Goodson returned to the team after being away from training camp for undisclosed personal reasons. He declined to elaborate on those reasons Tuesday, other than to say that it was a "personal thing" between him and his family.
The NFL suspended Goodson on Monday for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Though he was on the sidelines Tuesday, he did not practice with the team. During his four-game suspension, Goodson is allowed to attend team meetings and work out at the facility but cannot practice with the team.
Goodson signed a three-year contract worth $6.9 million with the Jets in March after four seasons in Oakland. He was the first free agent to sign under new general manager John Idzik, and the Jets envisioned that he would replace Shonn Greene, who signed a free-agent deal with the Tennessee Titans.
Goodson said he was thrilled to be back with his teammates.
"I'm really excited," he said. "I just have to work really hard and earn the trust of my teammates."
Carpenter joins fray
The Jets jacked up the pressure on incumbent kicker Nick Folk by bringing in veteran Dan Carpenter to compete for the starting job.
Even before Folk missed a 39-yard attempt in overtime last Saturday night against the Giants, the Jets had shown some interest in Carpenter. A Pro Bowl kicker in 2009, Carpenter has made 18 of his 20 field-goal attempts against the Jets and has never missed a kick at the Meadowlands.
To make room for Carpenter, who was released this week by Arizona, the Jets cut kicker Billy Cundiff.
Mark Sanchez (shoulder) did not practice but did ride the stationary bike. CBs Antonio Cromartie (hip) and Dee Milliner (calf), DL Kenrick Ellis (back) and C Dalton Freeman (ankle) did not practice.