ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Jacksonville Jaguars' wide receiver Justin Blackmon will be suspended for the first four games of the 2013 NFL Season. The reason currently given is "violation of the leagues substance abuse policy".
If you remember, Blackmon was arrested last year for a DUI. Then he felt he wasn't happy with the contract he was offered and so sat out preseason. For all of those who felt that this was nothing, remember how long it took Blackmon to get acclimated to the Jaguars offense.
But that is small considering this is Blackmon's second transgression in his two seasons with the Jaguars.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and new GM David Caldwell and new coach Gus Bradley are still in the afterglow of a pretty good NFL Draft. A draft that included wide receiver Ace Sanders from South Carolina and the emergence last year of Cecil Shorts III, how much patience will the new regime show to Blackmon?
Blackmon's contract is reportedly worth $18.5 million over four years with all four years guaranteed. The Jaguars traded up to acquire him fifth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. The four year guarantee came after he was picked up on an aggravated DUI charge.
Now it seems off-season is once again too much down time for Blackmon. After missing 11 days last year on a hold-out for his contract it appears the more things change the more they remain the same.
The 2013 season will have Blackmon missing four games due to violation of substance abuse policy. It appears once again guarantee money does not guarantee good behavior.
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