The hits just keep coming for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
On Friday, the NFL announced that Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely for yet another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. This is the third off the field incident Blackmon has had since the Jaguars drafted him in the first round of the 2012 draft.
The suspension will keep Blackmon off the field for the rest of the 2013 season and possibly into the 2014 season, but the more immediate concern is about Blackmon’s well-being as those close to him are attempting to get him into a rehab facility. He will be allowed to apply for reinstatement prior to the 2014 season, but how many more chances is he going to get in Jacksonville?
Blackmon already missed the first four games of this season for violating league rules, typically the next step is a full season suspension. In his four games on the field this season, Blackmon had emerged as the Jaguars go-to weapon at the wide receiver position as he racked up 415 yards on 29 catches.
Now the Jaguars have to proceed as if Blackmon is not going to be a key piece to this franchise moving forward because he has shown in his short time here that he is completely unreliable. It is hard to envision a scenario in which he is able to correct whatever it is that has continually gotten him in trouble during his short NFL tenure.
Blackmon’s absence will put a significant crimp in an offense that already is struggling to score points and will put more pressure on young guys like Mike Brown and Ace Sanders to step in and attempt to fill his role.
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