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Jaguars’ Justin Blackmon to miss opener against Chiefs because of suspension

04/30/2013 4:45 PM

05/20/2014 10:43 AM

The Chiefs’ regular-season opener at Jacksonville just got a little easier.

The NFL on Tuesday suspended Jacksonville wide receiver Justin Blackmon for the team’s first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL policy and program for substances of abuse. Blackmon will be eligible to return to the Jaguars’ active roster on Sept. 30 following the team’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Chiefs visit Jacksonville on Sept. 8.

Blackmon, the Jaguars’ first-round draft pick from Oklahoma State in 2012, led Jacksonville with 64 receptions for 865 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie.

“I’ve made a mistake and I have no excuse,” Blackmon said in a statement. “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.”

Blackmon had some off-field issues before the Jaguars took him with the fifth overall pick of the 2012 draft. He was arrested for misdemeanor DUI in October 2010 and was suspended for one game by Oklahoma State.

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