JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The NFL said Wednesday Jaguars WR Ace Sanders has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season.
Sanders, according to the NFL, violated the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
The NFL said Sanders can return to the active roster on Monday, Sept. 29, and play in offseason and preseason practices and games.
However, Sanders said he will also miss training camp for personal issues he's dealing with.
Sanders said he's taking full responsibility for all he did and apologized for his actions during a conference call on Tuesday.
He told the media he made some mistakes that he regrets and is trying to deal with it.
Sanders said he wouldn't appeal the suspension, but did not say what it's for.
He was worried about head coach Gus Bradley’s and general manager Dave Caldwell's reaction, but has their support while he seeks counseling.
Sanders said this has been a situation that has enlightened him and told the wide receivers this news.
“That room is like a brotherhood. They rally behind me,” he said.
Sanders said this is something that just came up. He didn't deal with this kind of situation at South Carolina.
Sanders says he probably will not participate in training camp and believes it is best for him to get away from the team.
Action Sports Director Brent Martineau said the Jaguars’ wide receiver position will get interesting. Tandon Doss can return punts, so Sanders may not have a roster spot when he returns.