Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Ace Sanders announced Tuesday afternoon on a conference call that he will miss most of Jaguars training camp and will likely facing a four-game suspension from the NFL. Sanders did not divulge what his suspension would be for, but it's likely drug related as he noted that he was seeking help and would be taking a leave of absence from the team to sort things out.
"I've decided to go seek help and get that attention," Sanders said on the conference call. "I should be fine. I've made some mistakes that I could have handled a little differently."
Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon was suspended indefinitely last season for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, and while no official announcement has been made by the league yet, Sanders looks to join him on the proverbial sideline away from the team.
Sanders can participate in the Jaguars training camp, as allowed by NFL rules, but has decided to spend some time away and seek help for issues he claims he didn't have during his time in college at South Carolina and has the support of both Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell. It would be a surprise at this point if the Jaguars released Sanders.
Sanders, a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, had an impressive rookie season in 2013 with 51 receptions for nearly 500 yards and a touchdown.