Evans reinstated <p>

The NFL reinstated Jets defensive tackle Josh Evans on Tuesday. <p>

He was suspended in the spring for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The Jets were granted a two-week roster exemption for Evans, so they don't need to cut anyone to make room for him right now.

Evans was reportedly suspended for missing a scheduled drug test. As a past violator of the league's drug policy, he isn't allowed to miss any tests. The league views a missed test just as harshly as a failed test. That is why he was suspended for the first eight games of the season. Herman Edwards said on Tuesday he isn't sure whether Evans will dress for the Jets this Sunday. Evans has stayed in great shape, working with a personnel trainer twice a day in Florida during his suspension.

The Jets could use Evans in the lineup for a couple of reasons. First off, he was the leader of their defense last year, and that has been missed this year. He brings a lot of fire and energy to the field, and this rubs off on teammates. Secondly, Evans is much more mobile and athletic than Chester McGlockton, so he would make a better platoon partner with Dewayne Robertson at the three-technique position.


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