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08:00 AM ET 09.08 | Joking that he went to Revis Island, Tony Richardson made his return. Richardson said he was "caught off guard" Sunday when the Jets cut him. "It's the nature of the NFL, which stands for 'Not For Long'," Richardson said. His absence was even shorter. Tuesday, he returned to pads and practice, making his way back in an unceremonious manner compared to that of Darrelle Revis, whose presence attracted an overflow of cameras and microphones. "I thought that [Richardson's return] was probably the story of the day," Rex Ryan said. Richardson, 38, has played 16 seasons in the league, but would not reveal specifics of a discussion he had with Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum, but he also explained that he did not speak with any teams in the interim.

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September 8, 2010  08:55 AM ET

For Richardson, NFL means more like "Never F*ckin' Leave". An amazing exception to the rule, especially for a running back.

September 8, 2010  08:56 AM ET
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He's played 16 seasons?Peace!

That is a career in the NFL.

September 8, 2010  09:17 AM ET
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He's played 16 seasons?Peace!

Yeah man, he played with the Cowboys in 1994. I'm surprised they cut him. Although if you watch hard knocks, in the 1st episode, there was some serious competition @ the FB spot between TR, a kid named John Conner, and some other journeyman. Even though he's back, I never thought they'd cut him. Sanchez admitted he used him as a crutch last year and Rex even said he was the most positive, vocal leader on the team (or something to that effect). Glad he's back.

September 8, 2010  10:07 AM ET

Welcome back! Hope you get 16 more.

September 8, 2010  10:20 AM ET

He's a former Auburn Tiger, too. War Eagle!

September 8, 2010  10:43 AM ET
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He's played 16 seasons?Peace!

Maybe the best FB of all time....dude has a legit resume. Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson (his best seasons), Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor, Thomas Jones. Dude has paved the way for a TON of 1,000 yard rushers. Plus, he's a real leader.

Glad he's back.

September 8, 2010  11:37 AM ET

I guess they kept the terminator!!

September 8, 2010  11:46 AM ET
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I guess they kept the terminator!!

They did. Kept 2 FB's on the roster....and 4 TE"s.



GROUND & POUND!!!!

September 8, 2010  11:49 AM ET

Yep, I think that says a lot about their offensive philosophy for the coming season.

September 8, 2010  12:47 PM ET
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Yeah man, he played with the Cowboys in 1994. I'm surprised they cut him. Although if you watch hard knocks, in the 1st episode, there was some serious competition @ the FB spot between TR, a kid named John Conner, and some other journeyman. Even though he's back, I never thought they'd cut him. Sanchez admitted he used him as a crutch last year and Rex even said he was the most positive, vocal leader on the team (or something to that effect). Glad he's back.

Back then it didn't matter who the backup RB was for the Cowboys. I don't really recall this guy. Seems they always had a different guy ever year backing up Emmitt.

September 8, 2010  01:09 PM ET

I love this guy but not for long and a 16 year career do not compute to me. He is not on the team for his skills as much as his leadership = extended career.

Everyone is cutting down salary for the anticipated loss of revenue next year (I say 12 game season) and ticket sales and revenue overall is down.

September 8, 2010  01:11 PM ET

They also were saving money until the revis deal was done, so when that came in at the numbers it did they had room to hire him back.

September 8, 2010  01:13 PM ET
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Back then it didn't matter who the backup RB was for the Cowboys. I don't really recall this guy. Seems they always had a different guy ever year backing up Emmitt.

Tx you silly man he is a fullback and anyone would back up Goose!

September 8, 2010  01:15 PM ET

ok just teasing I am a Boy's fan really and Daryl deserves the proper nickname

TD = MOOSE, MOOSE, MOOSE!

September 8, 2010  01:36 PM ET
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That is a career in the NFL.

That's more like 3 careers in the NFL.

September 8, 2010  01:50 PM ET
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Tx you silly man he is a fullback and anyone would back up Goose!

Well whatever Whatever...my point is still the same. He was backing up guys that played a lot of downs, so it wasn't a career enhancer being behind Emmitt or Moose.

September 8, 2010  02:53 PM ET

Class act but I think this was Rex being emotional, not practical. The Jets don't need leadership at this point. Actually I'm not sure what they do need. Hate to say it but I can't wait for Ravens-Jets on Monday night! The winner has to be a strong conference fave!

September 8, 2010  03:03 PM ET
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Class act but I think this was Rex being emotional, not practical. The Jets don't need leadership at this point. Actually I'm not sure what they do need. Hate to say it but I can't wait for Ravens-Jets on Monday night! The winner has to be a strong conference fave!

I disagree about leadership. I think you always need solid leaders, "teach by example" guys. One in every unit would be ideal, but the more the merrier. Someone like T-Rich can quietly push the kids to keep building up the work ethic. I can't wait for the Monday night game, either.

September 8, 2010  03:12 PM ET
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I disagree about leadership. I think you always need solid leaders, "teach by example" guys. One in every unit would be ideal, but the more the merrier. Someone like T-Rich can quietly push the kids to keep building up the work ethic. I can't wait for the Monday night game, either.

Agreed. The Jets NEED leadership on this team. In the past offseason they lost Alan Faneca & Thomas Jones, their 2 offensive vocal leaders. Losing Richardson would of put the offense in disarray especially after a lackluster preseason.

 
September 8, 2010  03:22 PM ET
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Yep, I think that says a lot about their offensive philosophy for the coming season.

Well ... they have a 2nd year QB who threw a TON of INTs last year. Wouldnt you run the crap outta the ball?

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