Richardson suspended four games for violating NFL drug policy
NEW YORK (AP) - Former Missouri Tiger and current New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Richardson will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Monday, Oct. 5.
"I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans," Richardson said in a statement.
Richardson is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. The Jets do have depth on their defensive line, with defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, nose tackle Damon Harrison, and 2015 first-round pick Leonard Williams.
Richardson was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was expected to be a major part of new coach Todd Bowles' defense.