Jets DT Sheldon Richardson suspended for four games

The NFL has suspended New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for four games. Richardson was suspended for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy. Richardson is one of the top defensive linemen in the game. This represents a huge blow to the Jets' defense. "I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans," Richardson said in a statement. "However, words aren't enough. This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. 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.”" "This is disappointing for Sheldon and the team," Jets coach Todd Bowles said. "We’re going to support Sheldon and welcome him back upon his return. We will keep moving forward with our preparations for the upcoming season.” Richardson was named to the Pro Bowl last season when he had eight sacks and 67 tackles. Richardson was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year two years ago. He was drafted 13th overall out of Missouri in 2013. Rookie first-round pick Leonard Williams is expected to replace Richardson at defensive tackle. Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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