FLORHAM PARK, N.J.- According to an NFL spokesperson, Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson will be suspended for one game without pay for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. The NFL announced today that Richardson will miss the teams 2016 regular season home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, but will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Monday September 12. Richardson will still be able suit up for all preseason practices and games.
In July 2015, Richardson was arrested in his hometown of St. Louis, for driving 143 miles per hour on an interstate highway. In January, Richardson pleaded guilty to resisting arrest after leading police on a high-speed chase. Police said Richardson was accompanied by a 12-year-old relative and two male passengers when he was pulled over. Officers found a legal loaded semi-automatic handgun under a floor mat of his 2014 Bentley Silver Spur. Police also detected a strong scent of marijuana odor.
Last season, Richardson was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Richardson failed a drug test (for marijuana).
After being drafted in 2013 and winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award, Richardson has showed signs of brilliance in his play. The Pro Bowler has started to develop into a franchise pillar on defense, so this suspension will be a blow to the defensive front of the Jets. Richardson has had a positive off-season thus far, staying out of trouble and dropping 11 pounds.
Marcus Reynolds is a staff writer for Jetsinsider.com He can be reached on Twitter (@Marcus_JRNL) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)