Aboushi was pulled over in January, where a "very small amount of marijuana" was found in his vehicle, his agent said (August 20).
"I apologize for my actions and understand the repercussions. This is something I’ve learned from and I’m focused on moving forward," Aboushi said in a statement.
Aboushi will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Monday, September 14 following the team’s September 13 game against the Cleveland Browns, the league said.
"News like this is never welcome," Head coach Todd Bowles said. "We will support Oday as we continue with our preparations for the upcoming season."
Aboushi was a fifth-round pick of the Jets in the 2014 draft.
This now makes more sense as to why Willie Colon has been "running away" with the team's starting guard job based on Todd Bowles' growing track record on these kind of incidents. Aboushi might have otherwise been in the mix, but we get the sense that getting popped for these sorts of infractions are things that Bowles expects his players to avoid. We shall see what happens when Aboushi returns from his suspension as Colon struggled as a starter a year ago but for now he seems to be behind even Brian Winters ... no small feat based on Winters play last season.
[sny-editorial userid="bentdouble"]Aboushi, who started 12 games at left guard last season, was expected to be a top contender for the starting right guard spot during training camp. However, he has found himself entrenched as the back-up left guard despite the promise of some eventual first team right guard reps from Bowles.
We're left to speculate about the team's awareness of this issue and whether it has affected and/or will continue to affect his spot in the pecking order, but it's been a disappointing start to camp for him either way. It's worth pointing out that Aboushi did not fail an NFL-sanctioned drugs test because a one-game suspension does not correlate with any of the automatic punishments for a failed test under the current (or previous) substance abuse policy rules. The January incident, which took place outside their testing window, was enough to merit a short suspension despite the fact the charges were dismissed.
Jets fans will now be trying to connect the dots as to how, if at all, this could give clues towards any eventual increase in Sheldon Richardson's suspension for the recent incident in which authorities suspected there was marijuana use but that the evidence was disposed of during the chase, so no charges could be levied.