Blackmon started the 2013 NFL season serving a four-game suspension for violating the substance abuse policy. He was allowed to still practice with his teammates and remain with the team, a move meant to help the players remain clean and get their lives together while suspended.
It didn’t seem to work. With this latest suspension, he will miss the rest of the 2013 NFL season and will have to apply for reinstatement before the 2014 NFL season. In his four games since returning from suspension, he caught 29 receptions for 415 yards and one touchdown and was one of the few bright spots of the Jaguars team.
In a statement, Blackmon said that he took full responsibility for his actions and planned to seek help to try to turn his life around for the better.
General Manager David Caldwell said that the team wanted nothing more than for Justin Blackmon to get the help he needs and get better. He said that he doesn’t know if Blackmon will return and play for the Jacksonville Jaguars again and that the team will evaluate Blackmon once he learns when and if he can be reinstated by the NFL.