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Justin Blackmon suspended four games by the NFL

Second-year wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended by the NFL today for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Blackmon, who was arrested for a DUI last June, will miss the team’s first four regular season games in 2013. As such, Blackmon will not be on the team’s active roster until September 30th.

Blackmon issued the following statement:

“I’ve made a mistake and I have no excuse. I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for putting the Jaguars in this situation, and I look forward to putting this behind me and maturing and growing as a person. I will have a productive training camp and preseason with my team, and during the suspension, I will work hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to help the Jaguars when I return.

“I have chosen to be accountable for my poor decision, and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the front office and Jaguars fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.”

Blackmon finished his rookie campaign with 64 receptions, 865 receptions, and 5 touchdowns. This suspension surely hurts theĀ Jaguars offense which struggled mightily last season. The Jaguars currently have seven other receivers on the roster: Mike Brown, Toney Clemons, Mohammed Massaquoi, Taylor Price, Jordan Shipley, Cecil Shorts III, and Ace Sanders.

This is not the first time that Blackmon has gotten in trouble, and here is hoping that this does not become the norm. With his strong finish last season, he has shown that he can be a very good player in this league. Blackmon is seemingly at a defining point in his career right now, and he must realize that he has to turn his actions around if he wants to last in the NFL.


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