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Blackmon Suspended For Rest Of NFL Season

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Jacksonville wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely without pay for another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, making it at least his third violation in 18 months.

Blackmon, a former Oklahoma State star, was previously suspended the first four games of this season for violating the policy. The Jaguars are acknowledging he has a problem and the league announced on Friday that his 2013 season is likely over and he will be eligible to apply for reinstatement to the NFL prior to the 2014 campaign.

"All of us who are a part of the Jaguars family care very deeply about Justin and his well-being. That said, he must be held accountable and accept the consequences announced today by the NFL," Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said in a statement. "His suspension will provide him the opportunity to receive the attention and professional treatment necessary to overcome his challenges, and we will support him during this time. The Jacksonville Jaguars will evaluate Justin's status once he has successfully met the criteria to be considered for reinstatement to the league."

Despite playing in just four games for the winless Jags, Blackmon had been outstanding, catching 29 passes for 415 yards. He was one of only three wideouts in the NFL averaging better than 100 yards per game.

Blackmon also faced troubles with the league's substance abuse policy prior to playing a pro game, as he was arrested for aggravated DUI in June 2012 and pleaded guilty. He was also suspended for one game in 2010 at Oklahoma State after he was arrested for a misdemeanor DUI.

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