Jets Player's Drug, Weapons Case Headed to Grand Jury
The running back was arrested in New Jersey last month when police found drugs and gun in the car he was in, which was stopped on a highway
Updated at 10:06 AM EDT on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013
Prosecutors in New Jersey are sending the drug and weapons case against Jets running back Mike Goodson to a grand jury.
Goodson made a brief appearance in court in Morristown on Wednesday. He and his attorney declined to comment afterward.
Goodson and a friend were arrested last month after they were found in a car stopped on Interstate 80 near Denville. The men were charged with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and weapons offenses. Police say they found a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and a hollow-point bullet in the vehicle.
The 26-year-old has pleaded not guilty and has taken part in some preseason practices with the Jets.
Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Peter Foy says no plea deal is on the table.
Goodson had been expected to serve as the second RB on the depth chart behind newly acquired running back Chris Ivory going into training game, and was widely viewed as a boon for the passing game.
The Jets signed him to a three-year $6.9 million deal in March to help replace Shonn Greene, who was signed by the Tennessee Titans in free agency, in the backfield.
Goodson was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round of the 2009 draft and most recently played for the Oakland Raiders. He missed most of last season due to an ankle injury, but compiled 221 rushing yards on 35 carries and caught the ball 16 times for 195 yards in a touchdown in 12 games, mostly as Darren McFadden's backup.
Published at 6:39 AM EDT on Jun 12, 2013
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