(NEW YORK) — Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon was suspended indefinitely on Friday for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy for the second time this season.
Blackmon was suspended for the first four games of the season and the troubled receiver will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the start of the 2014 season.
“I want to sincerely apologize to Mr. (Shad) Khan, my teammates, my coaches and to the Jaguars fans for not utilizing the resources that I was provided to overcome my challenges,” Blackmon said in a statement released by his agent. “I am determined to overcome the issues that have resulted in this situation, and I truly appreciate the support that the Jaguars and my agent have shown me.”
Jaguars general manager David Caldwell spoke about the suspension on Friday.
“All of us who are a part of the Jaguars family care very deeply about Justin and his well-being,” Caldwell said. “That said, he must be held accountable and accept the consequences announced today by the NFL.”
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