Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely for violating league policy

Anwar S Richardson
November 1, 2013

Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon knew he was one slip-up away from another NFL suspension, but that was not enough to keep him out of trouble.

Blackmon was suspended indefinitely by the league for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse on Friday, according to the team’s website. His suspension will begin immediately, and Blackmon will be eligible for reinstatement before the 2014 season.

As a result of his suspension, Blackmon issued an apology, which was released by ProFootballTalk.com.

“I want to sincerely apologize to Mr. Khan, my teammates, my coaches and to the Jaguars fans for not utilizing the resources that I was provided to overcome my challenges,” Blackmon said. “I am determined to overcome the issues that have resulted in this situation, and I truly appreciate the support that the Jaguars and my agent have shown me.

“I will address these matters with the type of intensity I usually direct toward my on-field play so that I can be ready to be a productive member of the team and community next season. Again, I am truly sorry to Mr. Khan, my teammates and coaches and to the Jaguars fans for the impact of my situation on the team as well as to my family and friends and those that have been there for me during these challenging times. Nobody is more disappointed with all of this than me.”

Here is a statement by Jaguars general manager David Caldwell:

“All of us who are a part of the Jaguars family care very deeply about Justin and his well-being. That said, he must be held accountable and accept the consequences announced today by the NFL. His suspension will provide him the opportunity to receive the attention and professional treatment necessary to overcome his challenges, and we will support him during this time. The Jacksonville Jaguars will evaluate Justin's status once he has successfully met the criteria to be considered for reinstatement to the league.”

This is a repeat offense for Blackmon, who was also suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. NFL Network reporter Albert Breer said the Jaguars tried to help Blackmon previously, and he believes the team will stick with their receiver.

According to ProFootballTalk.com, Blackmon's four-game suspension and eight-game suspension in 2013 will cost him $3.19 million.

Blackmon, a first-round pick (fifth overall) by Jacksonville in 2012, finishes with 415 yards and one touchdown in four games this season. He has 1,280 yards and six touchdowns during his two-year career.

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