New York, NY – Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended without pay for the team's first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Blackmon caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns during his rookie season in 2012.
The 23-year-old Blackmon will be eligible to return to the Jaguars' active roster on September 30 following the team's September 29 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Blackmon released the following statement on Tuesday:
"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 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. 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."