A judge on Monday postponed Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson's hearing on charges relating to an arrest in July after an incident in which he is accused of driving his car at up to 143 mph while drag racing.
Richardson has been reinstated by the NFL this week after a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He faces the potential for additional sanctions over his arrest, but because of the delay in the case, the NFL might not rule on Richardson's situation until after the season.
Richardson did not appear in court Monday. He has pleaded not guilty to five misdemeanor charges, including resisting arrest. Police said they found a loaded handgun in Richardson's car and officers detected "a very strong odor of burned marijuana." No gun charges were filed, however, because Richardson legally owned the weapon. Prosecutors also declined to pursue drug possession charges or child endangerment charges after it was discovered that a 12-year-old was in his vehicle at the time.
Jets coach Todd Bowles said Monday that he had not heard from the NFL about any additional discipline.
Bowles said he won't know if any of the Jets who were injured Sunday will be available Oct. 18 against Washington. Linebacker David Harris has a quadriceps injury, safety Calvin Pryor has a bruised knee, running back Bilal Powell has a strained groin and rookie defensive end Leonard Williams has a sprained ankle.
A kick in the head
Bowles said he thought Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh did not deliberately kick quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the head, knocking his helmet off.
Fitzpatrick was a bit less definitive. "I don't know," he said Monday. "I don't really know what happened. I think they came out [and said] it was unintentional. I've got no worries."
Bowles said linebacker Quinton Coples' reduced snaps were not based on his play: "Coples played a lot in the base package. Unfortunately, Miami played a lot of sub packages yesterday and [Leger] Douzable went out to play some. It had nothing to do with [Coples'] play or the guys taking his place."