Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 1/13 - Sheldon Richardson, DT, 6-3, 294, Missouri...Viewed as a bit of a reach by many draftniks, but Richardson fills a glaring need for a team that lost its two starting nose tackles and whose rush defense fell to 26th in the NFL last season. Richardson only played two years at Missouri but led the SEC with 75 tackles last year and recorded 30 tackles on third or fourth down. - The Sports Xchange
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11/27/15 - DE Sheldon Richardson (hamstring) (hand) was a full practice participant on Friday and listed as probable for Sunday's game.
11/22/15 - DT Sheldon Richardson was a scratch with a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice last week. Jets coach Todd Bowles waited to place Richardson on the inactive list until after pregame warmups. Richardson has played in just five games this season.
11/19/15 - DT Sheldon Richardson (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. It was the second missed practice of the week for Richardson, who was injured against the Buffalo Bills last Thursday night. Head coach Todd Bowles expressed concern for Richardson's availability on Wednesday, when he said Richardson would be a game-day decision on Sunday, when the Jets face the Texans. Bowles said Richardson probably wouldn't practice Thursday. Richardson has never missed a game due to injury in his three years in the NFL, though he was suspended the first four games of this season due to violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy.
10/19/15 - DE Sheldon Richardson made his season debut Sunday, when he recorded three tackles and half a sack in the Jets' 34-20 win over the Redskins. Richardson missed the first four games while serving an NFL suspension for failing multiple marijuana tests. He played 49 out of 63 snaps.
10/18/15 - DE Sheldon Richardon did not start but made his debut after missing four games due a league suspension for failing the substance abuse policy. Richardson recorded his first sack on a second-and-10 early in the second quarter and nearly combined with DE Leonard Williams on a second sack late in the first half. He finished his season debut with three tackles and coach Todd Bowles said he gave the team some energy.
10/12/15 - DE Sheldon Richardson was added to the active roster Monday. Richardson was suspended the first four games of the season for failing multiple marijuana tests. He was technically eligible to be activated Oct. 5, the day after the Jets' fourth game, but the Jets had a waiver allowing them to carry him during the bye week without making a roster move. Richardson practiced Monday and is expected to play Sunday, when the Jets host the Washington Redskins.
10/07/15 - DE Sheldon Richardson was reinstated from reserve/suspended by the NFL. With a roster exemption that expires Monday, Oct. 12, he doesn't immediately count against the Jets' roster.
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.