Jaguars not counting on Justin Blackmon in 2014
The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't planning on having wide receiver Justin Blackmon playing for them this season.
He's indefinitely suspended for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.
During a press conference today, Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said that Blackmon playing for the Jaguars is "not something we're counting on," adding that he would be surprised if he's available this season.
Drafted fifth overall in 2012, Blackmon has had a series of driving under the influence arrests.
For his career, he has 93 receptions for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns. Last year, he had 29 receptions for 415 receiving yards and one touchdown before being suspended.
Blackmon has to apply to be reinstated by the NFL.
When he was suspended, Blackmon issued the following apology.
"I want to sincerely apologize to Mr. (Shad) Khan, my teammates, my coaches and to the Jaguars fans for not utilizing the resources that I was provided to overcome my challenges," Blackmon said in a statemen. "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.
"I will address these matters with the type of intensity I usually direct toward my on-field play so that I can be ready to be a productive member of the team and community next season. Again, I am truly sorry to Mr. Khan, my teammates and coaches and to the Jaguars fans for the impact of my situation on the team as well as to my family and friends and those that have been there for me during these challenging times. Nobody is more disappointed with all of this than me."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.