(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — First-year head coach Gus Bradley still has faith in wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
Blackmon was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy on Tuesday.
“I told Justin I do trust him,” Bradley told the Florida Times-Union on Thursday. “We both have to earn each other’s trust, and I don’t want trust to be mistaken for being naive.”
Blackmon will be allowed to participate during training camp and pre-season games. He will be eligible to return on Monday, Sept. 30, following Jacksonville’s Week 4 contest against the Indianapolis Colts.
“He understands we’re disappointed in what took place,” Bradley said. “I really try to maintain my focus on making sure he has a clear vision of what we expect from him. We’ve had great conversations since this came out.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN