The troubles of second-year Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon continue. On Friday, Jaguars beat writer Ryan O’Halloran reported the team’s announcement that Blackmon would be suspended indefinitely.
Blackmon reportedly violated the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. General Manager Dave Caldwell had the following to say in a statement:
“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 his criteria to be considered for reinstatement to the league.”
Blackmon sat out the first four games of 2013, meaning he will have played in just four games this season. The former No. 5-overall pick will have to file for reinstatement prior to next season.
Blackmon reeled in 29 catches for 415 yards and one touchdown on the season. He will not receive pay while he’s away from the game.