Suspended Justin Blackmon keeping low profile


The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't heard much from wide receiver Justin Blackmon during his indefinite suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

The Florida Times-Union's Gene Frenette reported that Blackmon is in the Oklahoma City area and keeping a low profile. Gunter Brewer, one of Blackmon's former college coaches, told Frenette the receiver texted that he's "getting help."

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Jags teammates, however, haven't heard much from Blackmon while he's been away from the team.

"Every now and again, he will respond to my text," receiver Mike Brown said. "We came into the NFL together and we're halfway close. But I don't get into his personal business. Whatever he has going on, I respect his space.

"I just want him to get better. Whatever the problem is, get it addressed. I'm more concerned about him as a person."

The last we heard from the Jags' brass on the issue in May, general manager David Caldwell said the team wasn't "counting on" the dynamic pass-catcher playing in 2014, but the team isn't expected to release him while he remains suspended. Shortly afterward, the Jaguars drafted receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson.

Teammates have attempted to contact Blackmon to lend their support, but the receiver has mostly kept to himself.

"I tried reaching out a few times," receiver Cecil Shorts said. "If he responds, he responds. That doesn't matter, as long as he knows that I care. From what I've heard within the last week, he's checked into a rehab and is doing all right. That's the extent of what I know."

The hope is that Blackmon, who by Frenette's accounts was upstanding during his younger years, gets the help he needs even if a return to the NFL is far off.

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