Justin Blackmon’s latest violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy will cost him money — maybe lots of it.
The league suspended the Jaguars receiver Tuesday for the first four games of the 2013 season for his second violation in less than a year. He will not get paid for the four-week hiatus. Maybe more importantly, the suspension triggers language in his contract that voids future guarantees.
Now, the Jaguars could cut him without having to pay about $10 million that remains on a four-year, $18.5 million contract.
‘‘It’s very disappointing,’’ general manager Dave Caldwell said on a conference call. ‘‘To be honest with you, things like this are frustrating because it’s an avoidable situation.’’
It’s Blackmon’s third substance-related incident in less than three years. He was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge in Texas in 2010 after officers caught him speeding on a suburban Dallas highway. The charge was later reduced to an underage alcohol possession charge. A little more than a month after the Jaguars traded up to select the former Oklahoma State star with the fifth overall pick in last year’s draft, he was arrested during a traffic stop in Stillwater, Okla., after a breath test allegedly showed his blood alcohol content to be three times the legal limit.
That arrest landed him in the NFL’s substance-abuse program.
It’s unclear what caused his second violation, but it could have been a failed drug test.
Blackmon vowed last June that getting in trouble is ‘‘not who I’m going to be.’’
He apologized again Tuesday.
‘‘I’ve made a mistake and I have no excuse,’’ he said in a statement. ‘‘I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for putting the Jaguars in this situation and I look forward to putting this behind me and maturing and growing as a person.’’ Blackmon caught 64 passes for 865 yards, and 5 touchdowns as a rookie.
Voegeli to Eagles
Merrimack receiver Isaiah Voegeli signed free agent deal with the Eagles after leading Division 2 in receptions (10.8 per game). A consensus All-American last fall, the 6-foot Voegeli, a Barnstable High product, racked up 108 catches, 1,500 yards, and 14 touchdowns for the Warriors. “This is a dream come true,” said Voegeli . . . Framingham State’s James Muirhead of Middleboro received an invite to the Rams three-day rookie minicamp. The 6-foot, 255-pound defensive tackle led the New England Football Conference with 10½ sacks and was the ECAC Division 3 North Defensive Player of the Year . . . Middlebury’s 6-6, 315-pound guard/tackle Ryan Moores (Manchester/Govenor’s Academy) is headed to the Falcons’ rookie camp.