Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely for substance abuse
ESPN's Chris Mortensen has reported that Blackmon has violated the league's substance abuse policy once again, and he has been suspended indefinitely. Though it is unclear exactly how long the NFL will hold him out, it will be for at least the remainder of the 2013 season.
It's a disappointing turn of events for Blackmon, who was really lighting it up since returning from his first suspension. Through four games, Blackmon had 29 catches for 415 yards and a touchdown - that's a lofty average of 7.3 catches for 103.8 yards per game.
Blackmon's substance abuse dates back to his collegiate days at Oklahoma State, where he was arrested for driving under the influence in 2010. He was arrested for another DUI less than two months after being drafted in 2012. Obviously, NFL players have the liberty of drinking alcohol as long as they stay out of trouble, so Blackmon's indefinite ban is a result of a different substance, though it is not clear what substance he was using.
The Jaguars will now roll with Cecil Shorts as their top receiver, and as long as Chad Henne sticks behind center, Shorts should eat up targets and put up some nice numbers. Second-year UDFA Mike Brown will slide into the No. 2 role. Brown has been strong over the past two weeks, catching eight passes for 163 yards and a touchdown, and he is worth an add in fantasy leagues thanks to a looming increase in looks.
While the 0-8 Jaguars will be okay with Shorts and Brown as the top passing game options for the rest of this season, they may have to start thinking about long-term additions at wide receiver. Blackmon may miss time in 2014, and his future with the Jaguars is cloudy. My guess would be that the talented Blackmon sticks with the Jaguars for the remainder of his rookie deal, but you never know - his latest slip-up may have been one too many in the eyes of the organization.