Monday, December 18, 2017
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Jaguars don't expect receiver to play in 2014

JACKSONVILLE — Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said it would be "relatively surprising" if suspended receiver Justin Blackmon plays this season.

"It's not something that we're counting on," Caldwell said Friday. "It would be something that would be relatively surprising. Haven't gotten a whole lot of updates from the league where he's at or from Justin."

Blackmon, 24, is suspended indefinitely for repeated violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. League rules prohibit the team from having contact with Blackmon — aside from text messages — during his suspension.

"If everything works out to get him back, that's okay," coach Gus Bradley said. "It's hard. But we just have to keep going forward."

Blackmon has been involved in three substance-related incidents in three years. He was suspended for the first four games of 2013 then caught a team-high 29 passes for 415 yards and a touchdown in four games before the indefinite suspension, for which no reason was disclosed.

Keyshawn won't be charged

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office won't charge former Bucs receiver and current ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson in connection with a domestic incident at his home last month.

Johnson's ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Conrad, told a detective her collar was torn and her finger scratched when Johnson tried to take her phone April 21, according to police. But according to the district attorney's report, Conrad is no longer cooperating and "the injury appears to have been minor and caused accidentally."

"I should not have been arrested because no crime was committed," Johnson, 41, said. "I did not and would not touch, grab or strike a woman — any woman."

49ers: The 2015 option on linebacker Aldon Smith's contract was picked up. General manager Trent Baalke previously said the team was unsure what it would do by today's deadline. Smith, who had 19½ sacks in 2012, missed five games in 2013 while getting treatment for alcoholism. Last month, he was arrested on a charge of making a false bomb threat at an airport.

Panthers: Backup defensive end Frank Alexander was suspended for four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Details weren't disclosed. He had 15 tackles and a sack in 12 games last season.

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Published: 12/17/17