New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon, a key player on offense, was suspended four games Friday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, stemming from a June 2018 drunken-driving arrest in New Jersey.
Herndon was lucky to be alive after cops say the 22-year-old smashed into another auto on a New Jersey highway on June 2, 2018 after he was speeding at more than 100 miles per hour. 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 Jets took the 23-year-old tight end as a fourth-round pick in the 2018 National Football League draft. 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. Commissioner Roger Goodell can dole out additional discipline when determining suspensions if he determines there were aggravating circumstances involved. According to police reports obtained by Zack Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media, Herndon crashed his SUV into another in Rockaway Township, NJ. The driver, who was 76 years old, suffered a bruised and gashed arm. Plus, his driver's license was revoked for 90 days.
A fourth-round pick from Miami, Herndon enjoyed a strong rookie season with the Jets, finishing with 39 catches for 502 yards and four touchdowns.
As a rookie out of Miami a year ago, Herndon caught 39 passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns. The Jets could look to add a pass-catching tight end during training camp to fill in for Herndon at the beginning of the regular season.