AFC South: Blackmon suspended indefinitely

AFC South: Blackmon suspended indefinitely
November 1, 2013, 3:15 pm
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The Texans won't have to worry about Justin Blackmon when they play the Jaguars in Week 12. Or Week 14.

Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He'll be out for at least the rest of this season.

His suspension begins immediately (the Jaguars on on a bye week). He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the 2014 season, according to the league.

“All of us who are a part of the Jaguars family care very deeply about Justin and his well-being," Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said. "That said, he must be held accountable and accept the consequences announced today by the NFL. His suspension will provide him the opportunity to receive the attention and professional treatment necessary to overcome his challenges, and we will support him during this time.

"The Jacksonville Jaguars will evaluate Justin's status once he has successfully met the criteria to be considered for reinstatement to the league.”

Blackmon was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season after his second substance-abuse policy violation in less than a year.

In four games this season, Blackmon had 29 catches for 415 yards and a touchdown. As a rookie in 2012, he had 64 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns.

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