Chris Herndon IV Suspended Four Games

Ross Houston
July 14, 2019

A fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Miami, Herndon finished with 39 catches for 502 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie while playing in all 16 games last season.

NY announced on Friday that tight end Chris Herndon will be suspended for that length for "for violating the NFL's policy and program on substances of abuse".

Herndon pleaded guilty on January 9 to driving while intoxicated, charges that stemmed from an accident that occurred in June 2018. 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 is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

New Jersey State Police said Herndon was driving his Nissan Armada when he crashed into a Toyota Land Cruiser that was towing a trailer carrying another vehicle. Six tight ends were drafted ahead of him past year. 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). The other driver, 76, suffered a bruised and gashed arm, according to police.

A first-time offender usually only gets two games unless the league determines there were aggravating circumstances.

The suspension essentially removes the tight end position from the Jets' passing attack for the first four weeks of the season.

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

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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