The NFL announced on Thursday that Jets backup guard Oday Aboushi has been suspended without pay for the first game of the regular season for violating its substances abuse policy and program.
According to a press release from the Morris Plains (N.J.) police department obtained by Newsday on Friday morning, police pulled over Aboushi at 8:39 p.m. on Jan. 10 for a motor violation. During the stop on Route 10 East, officers detected "the odor of burnt marijuana" coming from the player's black Cadillac Escalade.
Aboushi, 24, was cooperative with officers and provided consent to search his vehicle, according to the release. Police then found "a small amount" of marijuana and suspected drug paraphernalia.
The former fifth-round Jets draft pick in 2013 was then placed under arrest and taken to police headquarters for processing, according to the release. In addition to being charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Aboushi also was issued summons for driving while suspended, careless driving and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, the release said.
Aboushi can continue participating in preseason practices and games, but won't be eligible to return to the active roster until Sept. 14, a day after the Jets' season opener against the Cleveland Browns.
"I apologize for my actions and understand the repercussions," Aboushi 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 incidents 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.