Jacksonville Jaguars 2012 first round pick Justin Blackmon has been suspended for four games, per Adam Schefter. The budding star wide receiver led all rookies last season with 865 receiving yards. He also contributed five touchdowns to an anemic Jaguar offense. He was successful in taking pressure of explosive receiver Cecil Shorts III, but punished defenses (like the week 11 game against the Houston Texans) when they let him have room to make plays.
Jaguars former first-round pick WR Justin Blackmon is being suspended four games by the NFL, per league sources. More on NFL Live now.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2013
The suspension is for violating the league’s policy and programs for substance abuse and is major blow to a Jaguar receiving corps that looked to be on the up and up during last season and with offseason additions.
The assumption is that this could be a violation of the league’s performance enhancing drugs rules though the details are still not out.
Blackmon had a real shot at a 1,000 yard season in his sophomore campaign, based on his rookie numbers, but will be hard pressed to get near 1,000 with only 12 games in the 2013 season due to the four game suspension.
– Luke N. Sims
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