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National Football League suspends Jets’ Chris Herndon four games

14 July 2019

Second-year tight end Chris Herndon, who is coming off a great rookie season, has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's substances of abuse policy, the team announced on Friday. His suspension will begin after the final preseason game and he can not return to the roster until October 7, following the Jets' game against the Eagles.

Herndon pleaded guilty on January 9 to a charge of driving while intoxicated, stemming from a multi-car accident in June 2018 in Rockaway Township, N.J. The test revealed a blood-alcohol level over New Jersey's limit of.08, according to State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele. The NFL Network reported the extra two games were because a woman at the scene of the accident claimed bodily harm due to the crash.

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The Jets took Herndon in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Miami (FL). Commissioner Roger Goodell can dole out additional discipline when determining suspensions if he determines there were aggravating circumstances involved.

Neither Herndon nor the 76-year-old driver was seriously injured. Witnesses said Herndon may well have been going over 100 miles per hour at the time of the incident.

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If the Jets are hoping to finally overtake the Patriots in the AFC East, they'll be forced to overcome a big loss during the first four weeks of the season.

According to a Rockaway Township court spokesperson, he paid a $639 fine and his license was revoked for 90 days in New Jersey. At this point, other tight ends who were on Herndon's tier should be moved ahead of him. He recorded 39 catches for 502 yards and four touchdowns.

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National Football League suspends Jets’ Chris Herndon four games