Jets' Chris Herndon suspended for first four games of the season

Jets' Chris Herndon suspended for first four games of the season

Herndon could still appeal the NFL's decision in an attempt to get the suspension reduced.

New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon's potential breakout season will be curtailed by four games.

Herndon was arrested in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, in the early morning hours of June 2 last year after crashing into another vehicle, driven by a 76-year-old man. He will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on October 7, after their October 6 game against the Eagles in Philadelphia. The police report stated Herndon crashed into and totaled a Toyota Land Cruiser, which was transporting a vintage automobile.

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The NFL suspended Herndon for the first four games of the 2019 regular season for violating the league's policy and program on substances of abuse. He failed a sobriety test and had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.14 percent, well above New Jersey's legal limit (below 0.08 percent).

A fourth-round pick out of Miami previous year, Herndon had a promising rookie season, playing in all 16 games with 12 starts. NFL Network reported that a woman who was at the scene later claimed she was injured and that contributed to the suspension being longer than the typical two games for a first-time offender. The other driver, 76, suffered a bruised and gashed arm, according to police.

A municipal judge in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, suspended Herndon's driver's license for 90 days in January and fined him $639. Herndon would finish the 2018 season with 39 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns. According to Pro Football Focus, Herndon graded out as the league's 12th best tight end and generated a 110.3 passer rating when he was targeted.

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