Off the Record (OTR)

Sheldon Richardson suspended

With Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson up front, the New York Jets will have one of the more formidable defenses this year. However, that defense now might have a big hole in it for the first quarter of the season.

Richardson has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

“I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans,” Richardson said in a statement.

The Jets could fine in his absence if first-round pick Leonard Williams can step up quickly. He was one of the best players in this year’s NFL Draft and he might have to show why sooner rather than later.

It doesn’t say which substance triggered the suspension, but does it really matter?

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