New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis has been suspended one game without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Ellis will miss Week 1 for the Jets.
The 31-year-old Ellis was arrested in November and charged with possession of marijuana, speeding and driving without insurance after being pulled over by police in Hanover, N.J., a few miles from the team's training facility in Florham Park.
Ellis' suspension means the Jets will be without two defensive starters for their season opener at Houston on Sept. 13. Linebacker Calvin Pace was suspended in July for four games without pay for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The Jets hired former Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan in the offseason and brought in ex-Raven defenders Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard. Ryan is expected to help turn the Jets’ defense around this season, although losing Ellis was a huge blow.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction currently list the Jets’ odds to win Super Bowl XLIV at 40/1 and thief AFC Championship odds at 20/1.
Posted: 8/17/09 6:55PM ET