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Sheldon Richardson waiting to hear further penalty from NFL

New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson practices

New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson practices during training camp at the team's practice facility in Florham Park, N.J. on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Photo Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - All Sheldon Richardson wants to do is move on. But he just can't.

Uncertainty surrounds him wherever he goes, and as of now, there's no telling when a resolution to his off-the-field drama will come.

"When I get the date that I can actually return, then I can actually start moving forward," Richardson said. "But until then, it's just going to be a cloud over my head."

The Jets' star defensive tackle already has come to terms with his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. But it's the punishment he has yet to face that has him most on edge.

He was charged with resisting arrest -- a Class A misdemeanor -- and several traffic violations after Missouri police said he fled following an alleged street race on July 14. Police said he was clocked going 143 mph with a 12-year-old and a concealed loaded gun in the car.

His arraignment is scheduled for Monday in Missouri, but he will not attend. Instead, his lawyers will handle it, he said.

In a matter of months, he has gone from playing in his first Pro Bowl to being one of the backups on the Jets' second-team defense. It's been a "humbling experience," he said.

"Just got to learn from it," he said. "I consider myself a humble guy off camera. Other than that, it's just the way it is."

If convicted of resisting arrest, Richardson could face a year in jail. But he doesn't expect the situation "will go that far. But hey, we'll see."

There's still the question of how lengthy a punishment NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will dole out, given that Richardson already was facing a suspension at the time of his arrest. "I don't know what to expect," the 24-year-old said. "That's out of my hands. Whatever happens happens . . . I can go from four games to however long he wants it to be. So it's pretty tough."

To this point, he's been practicing and playing in preseason games. But starting Week 1, he'll only be allowed to attend meetings and work out at the Jets facility.

Richardson said he initially resisted going to counseling, but his parents convinced him otherwise. And so far, therapy has been good for him, he said.

Inside the Jets locker room, there was never a question of whether his teammates would support him. That's because their coach showed compassion first. "You see how supportive he was and we just followed right behind him," Darrelle Revis said of Todd Bowles.

But apparently, Richardson wasn't at all worried that Bowles and new general manager Mike Maccagnan would view him differently after his latest transgression.

"Nah," Richardson said. "As far as how they look at me, as long as they watch film, that's the only thing that's going to matter."

Notes & quotes: After their 17-penalty performance against the Falcons last week, Bowles instituted a policy that all players have to run sprints if five or more penalties are committed during practice. On Wednesday, there were six . . . Rookie DL Davon Walls (knee) cleared waivers and was placed on injured reserve . . . OLB Calvin Pace (groin) is day-to-day.


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