While the Jacksonville Jaguars have called Justin Blackmon’s situation ‘an absolute tragedy‘, they don’t plan to release the talented though oft-troubled wide receiver.
Currently in the midst of an ‘indefinite suspension’, the Jaguars have the legal right to release Blackmon without any type of backlash from the NFLPA but they apparently have decided against such, this according to ESPN.
“The Jacksonville Jaguars’ current plan regarding Justin Blackmon is to have the wide receiver return once he’s reinstated from an indefinite suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, league sources told ESPN.”
So when does Blackmon return? Nobody really knows. It’s completely possible that he may never play again, but there’s little reason for the Jaguars to part ways with him at this point as they’ve already sat through multiple suspensions and missed games.
With his head on right, Blackmon is one of the better wide receivers in the league and understandably, cutting the talented wideout will allow another team to take a chance on him – something the Jaguars don’t want, at least not currently.
Still, how long do you wait if your the Jaguars? A nice luxury, Blackmon may never see the field again or may no longer be the same player that he once was when the NFL decides to possibly reinstate him. Of course, it’s completely possible the Jaguars know something that hasn’t been made public yet and maybe they feel that Blackmon will be eligible to play at some point during the upcoming season. Though that wouldl be a little odd since Jacksonville’s general manager recently suggested the wide receiver was ‘done’ playing for the franchise.
Whatever the case may be, he isn’t going to get his walking papers anytime soon.