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Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon suspended for 4 games

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Updated: 5/01/2013 6:25 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended for the first four games of the new season.

Blackmon violated the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

The wide receiver is in his second year with the Jaguars.  He was the Jaguars number one draft pick out of Oklahoma State in 2012.

"I've made a mistake and I have no excuse," said Blackmon in a statement released by the Jaguars. "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 pre-season 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."

Blackmon will be eligible to return to the Jaguars' active roster on Monday, September 30 following the team's September 29 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Blackmon is eligible to participate in all pre-season practices and games.

"Coach Bradley and I have spoken with Justin, and he is well aware of our disappointment," said General Manager David Caldwell in a statement released by the Jaguars. "I don't think there is any question that Justin is embarrassed and remorseful, and Coach Bradley and I are both confident he understands the obligations ahead of him, to himself, the franchise and the fans. We will support him throughout the process and continue to work to educate him and all of our players on making the right decisions. The Jaguars have made a lot of progress over the past three months, and we will not allow this news to slow us down."

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c9bcrewman - 5/1/2013 8:31 PM
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another drunk in the nfl. fire him

mjh2001 - 5/1/2013 12:08 PM
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Wow!!! At first, I thought everyone was being overly harsh...until I read he had got a previous DUI in 2010....well now, if you can't fire him...have him donate 95% of his paycheck for this yr. to local MADD or any program that deals with alcoholism...maybe then he MIGHT see the light..he is just damn lucky he didn't commit vehicular manslaughter at .24!!

TOMMY - 5/1/2013 11:27 AM
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typical drug addict, if we tested positive at work we would be fired, if they were to let him go, he would call the NAACP and claim it was racist!!!!!. Great example for our kids to see growing up.

RiverRat - 5/1/2013 9:24 AM
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You can take the boy out of the "hood" but you can't take the "hood" out of the boy.

Old Dog - 5/1/2013 9:04 AM
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Another fine draft pick by Gene Smith and another good reason why it was a great day for the Jaguars when he was finally fired. Maybe Mr. Blackmon should follow his lead and be fired also, as it appears he has no respect for the opportunities he has been given.

PMike - 4/30/2013 6:36 PM
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Fool us once, shame on you, fool us twice...shame on us! This is just the kind of foolishness WE DON'T NEED! Folks say that teams (Jags among them) are avoiding Tim Tebow because of the "circus", but the Jags already have plenty of useless clowns...IMHO, Tebow and his character would be a very welcome addition to our team and to the community...who know the Jags might even win a game or two!!!

Gunny48 - 4/30/2013 6:24 PM
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Can Tebow Catch?!! At least he won't be doing this stupidity!

Terri75 - 4/30/2013 5:48 PM
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Let me guess Jimmy Smith was working with him during the off season! Honestly some of the misses last season I'm surprised he didn't get caught sooner :(

imtellin - 4/30/2013 5:35 PM
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hey shad,, fire his ash,,, he's only sorry he got caught !!! get some reliable undoped help !!! fire his ash !!!

DoRight - 4/30/2013 5:14 PM
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Time to fire and hire some new help that can catch the ball. Maybe look at some Sharks they can catch!!!!
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