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The Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly are unsure whether suspended WR Justin Blackmon intends to return to the team or to the NFL at all.
In an interview with the Florida Times-Union, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said the team has received no word from Blackmon whether he intends to reapply to the NFL from his indefinite suspension from a failed drug test back in 2013.
“Our process hasn’t changed,” Caldwell said. “Plan to go without him, but if he emerges, he emerges and he’s going to go in with those top guys and compete with those other guys. Hopefully we’re able to get some news, but if not, we weren’t planning on it, we’re just going to go.”
Drafted by the Jaguars with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, Justin Blackmon immediately became one of the NFL’s rising stars, recording 64 catches for 865 yards – leading all NFL rookie receivers in both categories that year. But he had a hard time staying on the field in his sophomore year in the NFL, missing the first four games of the 2013 season because of a drug suspension and then receiving an indefinite suspension later that season when he failed another drug test.
Blackmon did not play football at all in 2014 as the team recorded its fourth straight losing season with at least 11 losses. Back in January, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan expressed his belief that Blackmon would return to the team for the 2015 season.