Jets tight end Chris Herndon has been suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season, the team announced in a statement on its website Friday.
The suspension, which is without pay, is for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Herndon, who was drafted by the Jets out of Miami in the 2018 fourth round, is eligible to return after the Jets’ Oct. 6 trip to Philadelphia. He is still eligible to participate in all offseason practices and preseason games. Herndon could still appeal the NFL’s decision in an attempt to get the suspension reduced.
Herndon pleaded guilty in January to driving while intoxicated on Route 80 in Rockaway Township in June 2018. The incident occurred about a month after he was drafted.
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. When troopers arrived, they arrested Herndon on suspicion of DWI and took him to a nearby state police barracks for an alcohol breath…