The NFL has suspended TE Chris Herndon for the first four games.
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.
Herndon pleaded guilty on January 9 to driving while intoxicated, charges that stemmed from an accident that occurred in June 2018. Herndon will participate in training camp and the preseason but go on the suspended list in Week One.
A fourth-round pick out of Miami previous year, Herndon had a promising rookie season, playing in all 16 games with 12 starts. He will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Monday, Oct. 7, following the team's Oct. 6 game against the Eagles in Philadelphia. He immediately formed a connection with fellow rookie Darnold and the two showed a nice chemistry throughout last season. He led all first-year players at his position with 39 receptions, catching four touchdowns in the process.
The Jets and Herndon were likely prepared for the suspension. According to police reports obtained by Zack Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media, Herndon crashed his SUV into another in Rockaway Township, NJ. The man he struck suffered a bruised and gashed arm.
A first-time offender is usually handed a two-game suspension, but according to NFL.com, Herndon received four games, not two, because a woman at the scene later claimed bodily harm due to the crash.
Herndon's Nissan Armada flipped over and slid about 700 feet on Interstate 80. Witnesses said Herndon may well have been going over 100 miles per hour at the time of the incident.