Running back Mike Goodson returned to the New York Jets' organized team activities on Tuesday. Many thought that Goodson might be released outright due to the team's policy on drug-related arrests, but Goodson was back with the team and figures to be a big part of the offense heading into next season.
Of course, Goodson could still find himself in trouble depending on how his court proceedings go. But for the time being he's back with the team, and given that his chief competition is Chris Ivory, he figures to get a significant amount of snaps going forward.
Here are the other headlines you might have missed from Tuesday.
The Oakland Raiders have been searching for help at the cornerback position for some time now, but feel confident in rookie D.J. Hayden, the team's first-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Unfortunately, Hayden is missing some time in OTAs because he underwent abdominal surgery, as reported on Tuesday. Hayden will miss the rest of OTAs but could be back in time for training camp, fortunately.
San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley had arthroscopic surgery on his knee this offseason, and is recovering during OTAs. Staley is expected to be healthy by the start of training camp, but it's still a slight red flag given his injury history. He's been relatively healthy over the past couple seasons but missed a good deal of time earlier in his career. He's part of one of the top offensive lines in football and, as the left tackle, he's the most important piece.
On Tuesday, reports suggested that Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew would be charged for his part in an altercation at a restaurant in Florida. Later in the day reports stated that Jones-Drew left the scene as the situation escalated and that he will not be charged. Whatever happens going forward, it's looking like Jones-Drew may have narrowly avoided trouble.
Then again, not everybody is certain. Over at Big Cat Country, they've got confirmation that Jones-Drew was not charged, but that it could still happen:
So essentially, as was corrected in a later release, Jones-Drew has yet to be formally charged. The SAO can also grant or deny any warrant, so it does not necessarily mean one will be issued in the matter.
"So based on what is being put out about MJD, they are probably seeking a warrant for his arrest at this time, he hasn't been formally charged with any crime," the JSO officer told Big Cat Country.
Philadelphia Eagles safety Kenny Phillips missed practice on Tuesday. He's resting his surgically-repaired knee, but it's still a cause for concern given that he's spent a good portion of his NFL career on the sidelines due to injuries. Phillips suffered a major injury back in 2009 and hasn't been quite the same since.
Over at Bleeding Green Nation, they're of the opinion that any kind of concern regarding Phillips' knee should be taken seriously:
While we're too short on information to say for sure whether Phillips is already done, any reports of knee issues for him have to be taken pretty seriously. Just a few weeks ago the player had declared himself 100% and ready to go.
Tight end Anthony McCoy tore his Achilles tendon and will likely miss the entirety of the upcoming season. On Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks waived McCoy, effectively moving on. If no team claims McCoy, he will revert to Seattle's injured reserve list. Luke Wilson will likely replace McCoy as the primary backup to Zach Miller.
The Green Bay Packers brought in Giorgio Tavecchio to compete with Mason Crosby for the starting kicking job. Despite Crosby's poor 2012 season, he's expected to win the job, mostly due to his experience. On Tuesday, special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum said that Crosby has worked through some "technical issues" this offseason.
At any rate, it's clear the Packers still believe in Crosby to an extent. Over at Acme Packing Company, they've made it clear that they don't believe there is truly a kicking "competition."
Ultimately, I don't see Mason Crosby's job as being in jeopardy. Mike McCarthy stuck with Crosby through the worst slump of his career last year, declining to even bring another kicker in for a tryout. With collegiate numbers like this, it seems unlikely that Tavecchio will be able to unseat a veteran Crosby who's still only a year removed from a very good 2011 season that saw him hit a career-high 86% of his field goal attempts.