National Football League suspends Jets TE Herndon 4 games for substance violation

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Now, the NFL has weighed in with their punishment, hitting the guy with a 4-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

In Herndon's rookie season, he proved his ability to be a strong contributor in the passing game, racking up 39 catches, 502 yards, and four touchdowns. He pleaded guilty to DUI in June of 2018.

A statement from a league spokesperson has said that Herndon will be eligible to partake in the team's upcoming training camp practices and their quartet of exhibition games.

A fourth-round pick out of Miami past year, Herndon had a promising rookie season, playing in all 16 games with 12 starts. He played all 16 games in 2018, but he won't be eligible to join the active roster this season until Monday, October 7. According to police reports obtained by Zack Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media, Herndon crashed his SUV into another in Rockaway Township, NJ. Herndon received a four-game suspension, not the normal two because a woman at the scene claimed bodily harm due to the crash, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The man he struck suffered a bruised and gashed arm. One eyewitness told police that Herndon was driving in excess of 100 miles per hour.

After he pleaded guilty, Herndon's driver's license was suspended for 90 days.

FILE - In this Sept.30, 2018, file photo, New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon warms up before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla.

The loss of Herndon for four games is a big blow to the Jets, who expect the tight end to be a major part of the offense this season.

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