FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Sheldon Richardson is preparing to play at the start of the season, even if the NFL might have other plans for him.
The New York Jets defensive lineman is facing a possible suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy after he pleaded guilty in January to resisting arrest after police clocked him driving at speeds as high as 143 mph in Missouri last July. The NFL is reviewing the case and Richardson acknowledged Wednesday that he has spoken to the league ''here and there'' about the incident.
''Positive vibes, man,'' Richardson said Wednesday. ''If I get a letter saying I'm suspended, I'm suspended. I don't really hang my hat on that. That happened last year, last offseason. A new year, you know? I'm past it. I'm ready to play football.''
When he'll get to do that remains to be seen since resisting arrest is listed by the NFL as a violation of its personal conduct policy. Richardson was suspended the first four games last season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but finished with five sacks in 11 games.
''Right now, we're just preparing for him to be on the field,'' coach Todd Bowles said.
Richardson added he believes there are some inaccurate details in the police report and in media reports about the incident, but didn't offer specifics.
The 2013 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year reported to organized team activities at 309 pounds, 11 less than his playing weight last season.
''I kept my weight down, stayed away from football,'' Richardson said, ''and stayed out of trouble.''
After talking with the Jets, Richardson added more cardio to his offseason workout routine and paid more attention to what he was eating.
''He was a little heavier last year,'' Bowles said. ''Sheldon's a good athlete. He holds it well. He can move, but being a little bit lighter for him will play into his benefit.''
NOTES: C Nick Mangold and WRs Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall were among those not present at the first two OTA practices, but Bowles was aware they wouldn't attend. ''It's voluntary,'' Bowles said. ''When they finish doing what they have to do, they'll be here.'' Bowles didn't reveal any of the players' explanations, but the Daily News reported that Mangold's wife gave birth on Tuesday. ... Bowles said LT Ryan Clady (torn knee ligament), RB Khiry Robinson (broken leg) and WR Devin Smith (torn knee ligament) likely won't be able to practice until ''hopefully sometime in training camp.'' ... CB Darrelle Revis (torn wrist ligament) could be ready for the start of training camp in July. ''As long as he gets his conditioning in, he'll be fine,'' Bowles said.
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