A key cog is back for the Gang Green defensive line.
Richardson's suspension was for marijuana. However, he has a pending matter from his July arrest in Missouri on charges of resisting arrest and traffic violations -- he was clocked at 143 miles per hour and led authorities on a high-speed chase. The league could hand down additional discipline for this violation but Richardson says he doesn't expect to incur such further penalties until after his Nov. 9 court date.
As part of the suspension's protocol, the defensive tackle was barred from attending meetings and workouts, forcing him to practice on his own. Being separated from his own teammates and coaching staff proved to be an extremely difficult time for Richardson.
"It was strange," Richardson said via the New York Post. "Once again, that was something mentally I had to deal with. Going from Team MVP to not playing, so that was a lot. Pro Bowl season to not playing, that was a lot to deal with. (I was) down on myself, but I'm alright now. (I had to) just deal with it one day at a time."
Jets head coach Todd Bowles said the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year has learned from his offseason troubles.
"I think he learned a lot," Bowles said. "Something like that can be humbling for sure. He's kept his hands clean and stayed out of trouble, as far as I know. He's been here all the time. You learn from that and you grow. In your 20s you do something like that, you'll look back and learn a lesson from it. Hopefully, we can all move on from it."
Richardson simply said the fearsome foursome means "No breaks" for opposing quarterbacks. A friendly competition already exists between Richardson and Wilkerson -- one that started when he joined the team in 2013. In 2014, he tallied eight sacks.