Rich Cimini | ESPN.com
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Mike Goodson‘s season ended only two weeks after it began.
MRI Shows that I Tore My MCL and ACL yesterday��….. Not to happy right now But Everything Happens for a reason! #LetGoAndLetGod
— Mike Goodson (@GoodNplenty33) October 14, 2013
Goodson, suspended the first four games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, was injured in the fourth quarter while trying to tackle Lawrence Timmons on an interception return. As he attempted to wrap up Timmons, Goodson was sideswiped by guard Brian Winters, who dived into the linebacker and inadvertently crashed into his teammate’s knee.
The veteran running back said he was in considerable pain after the game, as the team immediately feared it was a season-ending injury. An MRI Monday morning confirmed it.
It was the latest in a string of setbacks for Goodson, who signed with the Jets in the offseason as a free agent. He was arrested in May on drug and weapons charges, didn’t attend training camp as he received treatment for substance abuse and sat out the first month with his suspension.
Goodson’s charges are still pending. The case was sent to a Morris County (N.J.) grand jury in June. It’s in the pre-indictment stage, with the grand jury expected to release its findings by the end of the month.
This is a blow to the Jets because Goodson was starting to emerge as a key contributor. They will miss his speed, especially. In two games, he averaged 8.7 yards per rush — 61 yards on seven attempts.
The Jets (3-3) still have three backs, Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory and Alex Green, but they had plans for Goodson as the third-down back and as an integral part of their Wildcat package. They might consider bringing in another veteran. The logical candidate would be Joe McKnight, whom they released in the preseason.
McKnight also is a kickoff returner, and the Jets might need someone to fill that role because Clyde Gates suffered a shoulder injury Sunday.
The Jets signed Goodson, 26, to a three-year, $6.9 million contract in March. It included a $1 million signing bonus, but they renegotiated the deal after his suspension was handed down.
- Longtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
- Syracuse University graduate