Justin Blackmon #14 of the Jacksonville Jaguars prepares to run during the game against the New York Jets at EverBank Field on December 9, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL substance abuse policies.
According to a Jacksonville Jaguars press release, Blackmon's suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible for reinstatement prior to the start of 2014.
Blackmon was arrested in 2012 for DUI. He was also suspended for four games for the 2013 season for violating the NFL substance abuse policies.
Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell says, "All of us who are a part of the Jaguars family care very deeply about Justin and his well-being. 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."
In a statement to NBC Pro Football Talk, Blackmon said, "I want to sincerely apologize to Mr. Khan, my teammates, my coaches and to the Jaguars fans for not utilizing the resources that I was provided to overcome my challenges.
"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. ... Nobody is more disappointed with all of this than me."
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