Tuesday, November 5, 2013
RTC: Blackmon gets support
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars players and coaches are standing behind receiver Justin Blackmon, who has been suspended indefinitely for his third violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
They're more concerned with his well-being and that he gets help for his problem more than his production on the football field. They also don't feel duped or betrayed, writes the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran.
"It’s not about us, you know what I mean?" receiver Cecil Shorts said. "It’s not about the football, the NFL, Jacksonville. It’s about him and him getting better, and that’s all that I care about. Football is going to be here forever, but it’s life after that.
"He needs to really take care of himself and get better and I think he’s doing the right thing right now."
Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars content from around the web in our daily Reading the Coverage feature:
The T-U's Hays Carlyon writes about the line that players should not cross when it comes to hazing rookies or young players. It's a pretty clear line, linebacker Paul Posluszny said, and the allegations that are coming out of Miami certainly cross it. Some element of hazing is fine and even necessary to establish a hierarchy in the locker room, defensive end Jason Babin said, but not to the point of demoralizing a teammate.
The Jaguars added two players on Monday, receiver Kerry Taylor and linebacker Nate Stupar, and released three others, including veteran safety Dwight Lowery.
ESPN Denver Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold writes that it's no surprise that John Elway chose Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who was the Jaguars' head coach for nine seasons, to be the team's interim coach while John Fox recovers from heart surgery.