The Chargers confirmed Monday night that the NFL has suspended wide receiver Vincent Jackson for the first three games of the 2010 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The Chargers issued a news release saying the NFL has told the team Jackson will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 27. He is eligible to participate in training camp and exhibition games.
It had been reported two weeks ago that Jackson would miss three games without pay. He has been convicted twice for driving under the influence, stemming from incidents in 2006 and 2009. He pleaded guilty to the most recent charge in February. Jackson also was arrested in January, hours before the Chargers’ playoff game, for knowingly driving with a suspended license.
Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith issued the following statement: “Obviously we’re disappointed. Vincent made a mistake and now must deal with the consequences. It’s unfortunate, but we’ll deal with it and move on.”
Jackson has been threatening to sit out through the season’s 10th game as a restricted free agent who has refused to sign his tender while seeking a contract extension. Jackson, who’s played five seasons for the Chargers, had nine touchdowns and 1,167 receiving yards last year.NFL jerseysMLB jerseysNFL jerseys china