The New York Jets would have been hoping to fly under the radar going in to the 2015 NFL season.
Todd Bowles will be entering his rookie year as a head coach in the National Football League and will be needing as many of his best players on the field as he can possibly get, wanting to kick off his era in style and with some much needed wins.
But Bowles hasn't been allowed that thanks to the actions of one of his most valuable players. The New York Jets will begin the regular season without star defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson.
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The NFL announced that it has suspended New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for the first four games of the season late on Thursday, for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, according to a report from NFL.com.
Richardson will return to the Jets on Monday, Oct. 5, after the Jets' Week 4 game against AFC East rivals the Miami Dolphins. Richardson took to Twitter to apologize to fans after the announcement was made.
Richardson released a statement on the Jets website apologizing for the substance abuse ban - which is believed to be for smoking cannabis.
"I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans. However, words aren't enough. This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on," Richardson said.
He went on to add that he will be cheering on the team while he won't be there and he will do all he can when he does get back to try and do all he can to make up for the ban.
"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," Richardson expanded.
Richardson will be a huge loss to the Jets, with Trey Wingo noticing just how much he did on defense for the Gang Green.
"Sheldon Richardson made 144 tackles in first 2 seasons. In the last decade no primary defensive lineman made more tackles in 1st 2 seasons"
The 2013 Rookie of the Year was also named on the NFL's Top 100 players in 2015 list, ranking in at number 55.