Mike Goodson returned to practice Thursday, one day after the Jets' running back missed a minicamp session after attending a pretrial hearing in his pending court case.

But Goodson, who still faces multiple charges of drug and weapons possession, didn't speak to reporters, and hasn't since his May 17 arrest.

General manager John Idzik did speak to the media, defending the Jets' decision to give Goodson a three-year contract and $1 million signing bonus in March. He had a history of personal and financial problems before coming to the Jets.

"We're not going to comment on anything specific to any player," Idzik said. "Just generally speaking, we do our homework. We do our homework with respect to medical concerns. We do our homework in respect to background checks.

"Mike Goodson is a New York Jet," Idzik said when asked if Goodson's legal woes could jeopardize his roster spot. "So, we're continuing to develop him like all the others. … There are no guarantees in life. There are certainly no guarantees in the National Football League. But the legal situation, we'll just let it run its course and respond accordingly."

Goodson's case will go to a Morris County grand jury in the near future, and depending on the outcome, it's possible he could be suspended for one or more games by the NFL.

Goodson was Idzik's second free-agent signing as general manager. His first one didn't work out too well. Veteran quarterback David Garrard decided to retire in May because of a chronic knee condition. He last played in the NFL in 2010 before signing with the Jets in March.

"We both knew," Idzik said, "the Jets and David, that there was the unknown there. He felt good. We felt good about it. By the time we got into more football-type activities [the pain] started to surface. I don't know if we were surprised. But that's one of those things you take a shot at."