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Jaguar’s star wide receiver Justin Blackmon has found himself suspended from the league for a second time this year, for violating the substance abuse policy again. In response, the NFL has determined that Blackmon will not be eligible to play for the rest of the 2013-14 season but will have an opportunity to apply for reinstatement for the 2014-15 season.

Sadly, Justin Blackmon’s substance troubles were known and documented before these two incidents have lead to an indefinite suspension. As an OK State Cowboy, Blackmon was arrested in 2010 and charged for underage alcohol possession. Shortly after being drafted in 2012, Blackmon was arrested for driving under the influence, during which a breathalyzer test showed his blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. Shortly after the draft in 2013, the league suspended Blackmon for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

The Jaguar’s GM David Caldwell has stated that he has only concern and support for Blackmon, and wants to “evaluate Justin’s status once he has successfully met the criteria to be considered for reinstatement to the league.” Assuming Justin Blackmon can get his situation in order, it sounds like he’ll have a job in 2014.

Justin Blackmon was the 5th pick of the 2012 draft, coming from a successful college career at Oklahoma State. Blackmon finished his 3 year college career with a total of receiving 3564 yards and 40 touchdowns. Named the Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP, he finished the bowl game with 186 yards and 3 touchdowns.

In the four games Blackmon played this year, he caught 29 passes for 415 yards and a TD.