At this point it seems to be a long shot that Justin Blackmon will ever play in the NFL again.
Blackmon, the former top-10 Jacksonville Jaguars pick who is suspended indefinitely by the NFL, was arrested for a DUI at 4:45 a.m. on Dec. 19, Big Cat Country reported. Big Cat Country linked to the Carter County Sheriff's Office website, which had Blackmon's mug shot and birthday in the arrest report.
Blackmon's troubles with substance abuse have been an issue since he was a star receiver at Oklahoma State, and they have resulted in at least four arrests. He was arrested in 2010 and 2012 on DUI charges and had a 2014 arrest for possession of marijuana.
Blackmon had three violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy, which led to the indefinite suspension. Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said in August that he hadn't heard from Blackmon in almost two years, and he figured Blackmon's NFL career was over. There were reports earlier this year that Blackmon applied for reinstatement but was denied, although other reports have said he never applied. Either way, another arrest won't help his case with the NFL if he ever decides to return, though that seems unlikely. The Jaguars have not cut him, just in case.
Unlike many other draft busts, Blackmon was dynamic when he played. He played just 20 games in the NFL, but had 93 catches for 1,280 yards and had dominant games that showed why he was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft. He seemed on his way to being a Pro Bowl receiver. But he hasn't played since Oct. 27, 2013, as his personal problems have derailed his career.
Hopefully he can get his life together to the point he won't make more headlines about his problems off the field anymore, either.
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