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Jets DL Sheldon Richardson Suspended For First Game Of 2016 Season

The NFL announced Thursday that Jets DL Sheldon Richardson has been suspended for the season opener for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, per Dom Consentino.

Richardson will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Monday, September 12 following the team’s September 11 game against the Bengals.

Even with the suspension, Richardson will be eligible to participate in all of the Jets’ preseason practices and games.

Richardson was expected to receive discipline from the NFL after pleading guilty to resisting arrest, stemming from a high-speed chase with cops last July. Some thought Richardson could be suspended multiple games for the incident, so this could be viewed as a break for him and the Jets.

Richardson, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2013. He’s currently in the fourth year of his four-year, $10.054 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $1.776 million for the 2016 season.

However, the Jets elected to pick up Richardson’s fifth-year option a few months ago, which means he’s under team control through the 2017 season and will make a bases salary of $8.069 million.

In 2015, Richardson appeared in 11 games for the Jets and recorded 35 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass defenses.