On Tuesday, the NFL announced that Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy after what PFT reported was a deal with the league that will allow Smith to avoid further discipline under the league’s personal conduct policy.
It doesn’t look like something similar will take place with Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson. Richardson, who served a four-game substance abuse suspension to start this year, was arrested in July and charged with resisting arrest and several traffic violations.
Richardson is accused of attempting to elude police while going 143 mph with a 12-year-old relative and a concealed loaded gun in the car. The police report also mentions the smell of marijuana in the car. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and has a court date in January.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the league is not expected to enact any discipline on Richardson until the case has been resolved, which would leave Richardson eligible to play for the rest of the 2015 regular season.
For now, that would leave a hamstring injury as his biggest current obstacle to being on the field. Coach Todd Bowles said Wednesday that Richardson, who didn’t practice, will be a game-time decision.