Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was 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. The Jacksonville Jaguars will evaluate Justin’s status once he has successfully met the criteria to be considered for reinstatement to the league.”
Blackmon’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the start of the 2014 season.
Since the winless Jaguars (0-8) aren’t on the hook for the rest of Blackmon’s salary this season — they also might try to void what remains on his rookie contract — they could keep him on the roster in hopes he turns his life around. After all, the troubled receiver has proven to be talented in two seasons.
Blackmon has 29 receptions for 415 yards and a touchdown this year. He has 93 catches for 1,280 yards and six scores 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.
Blackmon credited his four-game suspension for his success this season, saying he used the time away to get in better shape.
He also acknowledged last month that his reputation was still a work in progress.
Around the league
Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he continues to recover from hip surgery in August. … New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes will miss his fifth straight game with a hamstring injury. Coach Rex Ryan says Friday that Holmes has been ruled out for the game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. … Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring) and guard Brian Waters (triceps) will miss Sunday’s game against Minnesota with injuries. … Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $21,000 by the NFL on Friday for his hit Sunday on New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill with the crown of his helmet. Burfict was called for a personal foul, his fifth of the season, in the Bengals’ 49-9 rout.
Chiefs-Broncos prime time
The Chiefs-Broncos game in Week 11 is moving to prime time. The NFL said Friday that 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, but were moved to 4:25 p.m. on Fox. Also, the Chargers-Dolphins game was moved to 4:05 p.m. on CBS.
Starting in Week 11, the league’s flexible scheduling policy allows it to move a more appealing game to Sunday night.
Jets lineman retires
Former Pro Bowl guard Brandon Moore officially retired as a member of the New York Jets. An emotional Moore was honored after ending a playing career in which he spent 11 seasons with the Jets.
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Illinois in 2002, Moore successfully made the switch from defensive tackle to right guard and was selected for his only Pro Bowl in 2011, but was widely considered one of the best players at his position.
Coach Rex Ryan called him the best guard to ever play for the Jets.