The Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon will have to sit out the first 4 games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy.
Following the teams September 29th game against the Indianapolis Colts Blackmon will be allowed to return to the Jaguars active roster on Monday September 30th. Justin Blackmon will be able to participate in all of the preseason practices and games.
Here is the statement by Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell:
“Coach Bradley and I have spoken with Justin, and he is well aware of our disappointment. I don’t think there is any question that Justin is embarrassed and remorseful, and Coach Bradley and I are both confident he understands the obligations ahead of him, to himself, the franchise and the fans. We will support him throughout the process and continue to work to educate him and all of our players on making the right decisions. The Jaguars have made a lot of progress over the past three months, and we will not allow this news to slow us down.”
Here is a statement by Justin Blackmon:
"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 pre-season 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."