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09/06/15 - DE Sheldon Richardson was placed on reserve/suspended by the Jets Saturday (Sept. 5) for the first four games of the season.
09/01/15 - DE Sheldon Richardson pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges in a Missouri court Monday. Richardson was arrested July 12 for resisting arrest and other traffic violations following a high-speed car chase in which police said Richardson was clocked at 143 mph. He could face up to one year in prison and a fine of $1,000 if found guilty of resisting arrest. Following the not guilty plea Monday, a hearing was scheduled for Oct. 5. Richardson is suspended for the first four games of the season for failing multiple marijuana tests and could face further sanctions from the NFL once a ruling comes down in his Missouri case.
08/27/15 - DE Sheldon Richardson is undergoing counseling following a disastrous offseason in which he was suspended four games by the NFL for failing repeated marijuana tests and charged with resisting arrest following a high-speed car chase in his native Missouri. Richardson may face additional NFL sanctions once that court case is resolved.
The counseling is taking place through the Jets. Richardson said Wednesday he was initially reluctant to participate in it, but that his parents convinced him to give it a shot.
08/15/15 - DL Sheldon Richardson has gone from potential All-Pro to playing with the second team in an exhibition game. That's the precipitous fall he has traveled in the past eight months.
Of course, it's all Richardson's fault. Richardson was viewed as a potential franchise player for the Jets before this summer, when he received a four-game suspension for failing multiple marijuana tests and was arrested following a high-speed car chase in Missouri.
Richardson played just five snaps -- all in the second quarter -- in Thursday's preseason opener. That's consistent with the usage he's seen during training camp, when he has worked with the second-teamers.
"I brought it on myself," Richardson said Thursday. "So I've got to handle it accordingly."
Rookie Leonard Williams is expected to start for however long Richardson is out. Richardson is likely to face additional punishment from the NFL for his arrest in Missouri, though that may not come until his case is settled. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 31.
07/06/15 - DE Sheldon Richardson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the policy on substances of abuse. Multiple reports said the suspension is for marijuana use.
"This is disappointing for Sheldon and the team. We're going to support Sheldon and welcome him back upon his return. We will keep moving forward with our preparations for the upcoming season," first-year Jets coach Todd Bowles said in a statement.
Defensive line depth is a strength for the Jets, but Richardson is one of the best five-technique ends in the NFL.
"I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans. However, words aren't enough," Richardson said. "This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. I don't want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won't be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I'm able to return to the field."