AFC South: Blackmon suspended 4 games

AFC South: Blackmon suspended 4 games
April 30, 2013, 4:30 pm
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The Jaguars haven't even gotten to training camp yet, and their season is already starting off on a bad note.

Wide receiver Justin Blackmoon has been suspended without pay for the team's first four games in 2013 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

"I've made a mistake and I have no excuse," Blackmon said in a statement. "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 preseason 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."

The Texans won't miss seeing Blackmon, though. They don't play their first game against the Jags until Nov. 24.

Without Blackmon, the Jags will have a receiving corps that includes Cecil Shorts, Mohammed Massaquoi, Jordan Shipley and Ace Sanders. They also have Denard Robinson, who might be an option at WR.

Blackmon made 15 starts in his rookie season. He caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns after being taken fifth-overall out of Oklahoma State.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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