As if the Jacksonville Jaguars’ season could not get any worse, it does. Of course, most of you have heard the news that wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely by the team for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy… again.
Blackmon was suspended for the first four games of this season due to the exact same problem, and up to this point he had been contributing in a consistent manner for his team and his fantasy owners. Blackmon was thought to have learned his lesson this time, but apparently not.
Now supposedly getting treatment for his ongoing issues, Blackmon is still being supported by his teammates back at team headquarters.
“It’s not about us, you know what I mean?” wide receiver Cecil Shorts said according to ESPN. “It’s not about the football, the NFL, Jacksonville. It’s about him and him getting better, and that’s all that I care about. Football is going to be here forever, but it’s life after that.”
Shorts added that his teammate needs to take care of himself and that he thinks he’s doing that right now.
According to quarterback Chad Henne, Blackmon was a changed man. He was showing up early to put in extra work and his persona had seemed to change.
“I think it was frustration, but a little bit of disappointment because he has come a long way,” Henne said in reference to his reaction to the news. “It’s just a shame. We can only support him from here on out.”
Head coach Gus Bradley had put in a lot of work to help Blackmon change his ways and met with the receiver several times each week, again according to ESPN. Bradley said he thought his player had made significant improvements up to this point.
“I wish I could explain everything to you, what took place,” Bradley said. “Obviously I am disappointed. I am disappointed in what took place, but I think if I can say this: There’s something bigger out there that we’re working on with him.”