(ProFootballTalk.com) -- Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon finished strong in 2012, catching 25 passes and scoring two touchdowns in the final four games of the season.
It looks like we're going to have to wait a while to find out if he
picks up where he left off. Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to
report that Blackmon has been suspended for four games by the league for violating league policy and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network adds that it was specifically a violation of the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Last June, Blackmon was arrested on DUI charges.
Blackmon led the Jaguars with 64 catches last season and that closing
flourish raised hopes that the fifth overall pick of the 2012 Draft was
going to continue developing into a top-flight receiver. Blackmon will
still be able to practice with the Jags and play in preseason games, so
this won't totally halt that progress but there's no denying that it's a
wrench in the plans for a player with two drunk driving arrests before
he signed his rookie deal with the Jags.
The Jaguars play the Chiefs, Raiders, Seahawks and Colts in the first four games of the 2013 season.
UPDATE: Justin Blackmon released the following statement via the Jaguars:
"I've made a mistake and I have no excuse. I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for putting the Jaguars in this situation, and I look forward to putting this behind me and maturing and growing as a person. I will have a productive training camp and pre-season with my team, and during the suspension I will work hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to help the Jaguars when I return. I have chosen to be accountable for my poor decision, and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the front office and Jaguars fans for the impact of my mistake on the team."
General manager David Caldwell also released the following statement via the Jaguars:
"Coach Bradley and I have spoken with Justin, and he is well aware of our disappointment. I don't think there is any question that Justin is embarrassed and remorseful, and Coach Bradley and I are both confident he understands the obligations ahead of him, to himself, the franchise and the fans. We will support him throughout the process and continue to work to educate him and all of our players on making the right decisions. The Jaguars have made a lot of progress over the past three months, and we will not allow this news to slow us down."
First Coast News contributed to this report. Sports Director Dan Hicken will have more on this developing story beginning on FCN at 5.
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