While the Jets were not victorious on Sunday against the Bengals, their defensive line was outstanding and gave Andy Dalton serious trouble. That D-Line is about to get even stronger as Sheldon Richardson is back from suspension. Today, Richardson rejoined the Jets in practice, as Ed Werder of ESPN.com tweets.
Richardson, 26 in November, was suspended one game for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. In July 2015, the defensive lineman was charged with resisting arrest and running a red light as he was going 143 mph in his car. The former-first round pick lost nearly $475K in base salary as a result of the one-game ban.
Last year, Richardson served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Still, he tallied five sacks and forced a pair of fumbles. Pro Football Focus, which classified him as an edge defender, ranked him 30th out of 110 qualified players in the group.
The Jets received a roster exemption for Richardson, which means that they won’t have to make a corresponding move until tomorrow (Twitter link via Brian Costello of the New York Post).
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