Justin Blackmon is back in the news for all the wrong reasons. The Jaguars receiver—who landed in the league's substance abuse program last year after getting arrested for "aggravated DUI"—was just suspended for the first four games of the 2013-14 NFL season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. It's unknown what triggered the violation.
"It's very disappointing," Jags general manager Dave Caldwell said this afternoon. "We understand that this isn't all going to be an upward trend and we're going to have setbacks. To be honest with you, things like this are frustrating because it's an avoidable situation. That's what's real concerning and frustrating."
Blackmon also sounded disappointed in himself in a statement that he released a short time later.
"I've made a mistake and I have no excuse," he said. "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 preseason 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."
Let's hope so. Blackmon only has one year of pro football under his belt, and he's already got two strikes against him. One more and his career could be in serious jeopardy.