Jaguars receiver Blackmon suspended again
Blackmon has 93 catches for 1,280 yards in 20 games — all since Jacksonville traded up to select the former Oklahoma State star with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
The Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely without pay for another violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Blackmon was previously suspended the first four games of this season for violating the policy.
So this is at least his third violation in about 18 months. And the Jaguars are acknowledging he has a problem.
“All of us who are a part of the Jaguars family care very deeply about Justin and his well-being,” general manager Dave Caldwell said in a statement. “That said, he must be held accountable and accept the consequences announced today by the NFL.”
Blackmon’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement for the 2014 season.
Blackmon has 29 receptions for 415 yards and a touchdown this year. He has 93 catches for 1,280 yards in 20 games — all since Jacksonville traded up to select the former Oklahoma State star with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
In other Jaguars news, reserve linebackers John Lotulelei and J.T. Thomas were involved in “a very minor situation” during the team’s trip to London last week.
General manager Dave Caldwell confirmed that Lotulelei and Thomas were involved in a situation following Sunday’s 42-10 loss to San Francisco. It’s unclear what exactly happened, but the players had noticeable facial injuries during the flight back to Jacksonville.
Lotulelei, claimed off waivers from Seattle early last month, has played mostly on special teams.
• Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $21,000 by the NFL for his hit Sunday on New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill with the crown of his helmet.
• An MRI confirmed that Bengals All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
• Buffalo quarterback Thad Lewis is doubtful for Sunday’s game against Kansas City. If Lewis is unable to play, the Bills (3-5) will start either undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel of Washington State or the recently signed Matt Flynn, a former Seahawk.
• The NFL said Kansas City’s matchup with Denver on Nov. 17 would be on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” The Green Bay Packers and New York Giants were originally in that slot.
• While three straight blowout losses have turned up the heat on Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and his staff, general manager Rick Spielman says the organization stands firmly behind its head coach.
Frazier announced Friday that Christian Ponder will start his second straight game when the Vikings play at Dallas on Sunday.