Dec 16, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) celebrates a touchdown catch over Miami Dolphins defensive back R.J. Stanford (not pictured) but it was called back on a penalty in the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Blackmon Suspended 4 Games


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.

 

 

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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