The Facts: Chatman was suspended without pay by the NFL on Saturday for the team's first four regular-season games for violating the league's steroids and related-substances policy. Chatman, who signed with the Jets as a free agent in March, is eligible to rejoin the team Sept. 29, a day after New York's game against Arizona.
Diehards Line:With Chatman, the team's most effective back in pre-season action, sitting out four games, the only running backs on the team's roster after cutdowns Saturday were starter Thomas Jones and backup Leon Washington, along with fullback Tony Richardson. HC Eric Mangini wouldn't say whether the team will look into bringing in another tailback during Chatman's absence. "We'll gauge it week in and week out," he said. "Tony Richardson has run the ball in the past and (wide receiver) Brad Smith can be used back there as well, so we'll definitely have alternatives in place." Mangini said Chatman will have a job waiting for him when he finishes serving the suspension.