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Jaguars’ Ace Sanders says he’s facing a four-game suspension

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Jaguars second-year wide receiver Ace Sanders disclosed Tuesday that he’s in line for a four-game NFL suspension.

Sanders, whom the Jaguars placed on the non-football illness list Tuesday, said he will not participate in training camp and will seek counseling, according to a team-issued transcript of his remarks to reporters.

“I’ve made some mistakes that I do regret, that I do honestly regret,” Sanders said, according to the club. “I could have handled situations a little differently. I’m still just dealing with it. I’m trying to be a better person and a better teammate for everybody and everybody around me.

“I decided to go seek that help, get that attention that I need, hopefully somebody can help me out and I should be okay. I should be fine. I just want to get better and come back and be ready to play.”

Sanders was second on the Jaguars in receptions (51) as a rookie. The Jaguars drafted wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in May, and the club also returns leading receiver Cecil Shorts III (68 catches, 777 yards, three TDs in 2013). However, this is another setback for a receiving corps already without 2012 first-round pick Justin Blackmon, who’s serving a substance-abuse suspension handed down last fall.

Sanders said he would not appeal a suspension. He also declined to disclose the nature of the NFL violation.

“I have some personal issues that I am dealing with,” Sanders said. “I’m trying to get everything straightened out. It’s been really tough. It’s been a tough road for me the past couple of months.”

In opening his remarks, Sanders publicly apologized to the organization and fans. He also said he was heartened by the support of the team during this tough time, including that of his fellow receivers.

“That room is just like a brotherhood. They rallied behind me and told me that they were sending prayers and to just do what I have to do to get back and that when I get back that we’ll just play ball like we’ve been playing,” Sanders said. “It just made me feel loved and feel good inside to know that they still have my best interest whether I’m out there with them or trying to get myself together.”

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27 Responses to “Jaguars’ Ace Sanders says he’s facing a four-game suspension”
  1. fumblenuts says: Jul 22, 2014 7:50 PM

    Way to go……..Ace. LOL!

  2. orecic76 says: Jul 22, 2014 7:51 PM

    Damn it!!!

  3. mtheparrothead says: Jul 22, 2014 7:51 PM

    Man. We can’t win. Were stuck in the sub 1000 yard club forever.

  4. dirtysouthironmen says: Jul 22, 2014 8:00 PM

    C’mon Man, did you learn nothing from Blackmon? Get yourself clean and sober and come back strong. Hopefully the Jags can work around this with the rest of their newly formed receiving corps and make great strides this season.

  5. shackdelrio says: Jul 22, 2014 8:03 PM

    The Jaguars are not allowed to have receivers. Its a curse.

  6. jayovalentine says: Jul 22, 2014 8:13 PM

    Damn…. Sign Tebow to play WR/TE. Oh wait…. He had too much pride to play another position.

  7. rickgjags says: Jul 22, 2014 8:28 PM

    This hurts but maybe it’s why we got two top rookie WRs in the draft. Damn Ace. Just Damn.

  8. titansbro says: Jul 22, 2014 8:56 PM

    Top 2 WRs in the draft? Lol I’ll have what he’s smoking.

  9. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 22, 2014 9:06 PM

    “Top” receivers that go to Jacksonville wind up being busts.

    R.J. Soward in 2000 – FAIL
    Reggie Williams in 2004 – FAIL
    Matt Jones in 2005 – FAIL
    Justin Blackmon 2012 – FAIL

    If you play WR, and Jacksonville drafts you, seek another line of work.

  10. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 22, 2014 9:06 PM

    He says all the right things…but then again Blackmon did too. I guess he didn’t learn from watching Blackmon so he’ll be on the sidelines like Blackmon. Something tells me this won’t be his last suspension. I mean, come on. You have a first-row seat at watching Blackmon put his career in jeopardy and you didn’t learn anything from that.

  11. lightcleric says: Jul 22, 2014 9:12 PM

    Well I have to give him credit for standing up for his mistakes, getting help and actually apologizing. Better than 99% of statements like those I’ve seen.

  12. amgdds says: Jul 22, 2014 9:19 PM

    Fail Sanders

  13. jagsandliquor says: Jul 22, 2014 9:20 PM

    The curse of keenan and Jimmy strikes again….

  14. razzlejag says: Jul 22, 2014 9:34 PM

    Cut him.
    Again…why do I continue to support this?

  15. uglydingo says: Jul 22, 2014 10:29 PM

    Substance abuse or PED? Big difference if his problem is recreational vs performance enhancing.

  16. obamareallysucks says: Jul 22, 2014 10:38 PM

    can you be any dumber!

  17. newdayintampabay says: Jul 22, 2014 10:52 PM

    Even without Blackmon they drafted Lee and Robinson and still have Cecil… Ace just dont even bother showing up at week 5 lol

  18. dadsource says: Jul 22, 2014 11:00 PM

    Jimmy Smith, RJ Soward, Matt Jones, Justin Blackmon, Ace Sanders, Christ, whom am I missing here…..Reggie somebody. …

  19. gayforbrady says: Jul 22, 2014 11:46 PM

    What business is it of the league to test for non performance enhancing drugs?

    Test once before you start your job and then never again just like the rest of America.

    Never understood why the union went for that.

  20. cardmagnet says: Jul 23, 2014 12:37 AM

    You forgot to mention the Jags also have a diamond in the rough in Allen Hurns, a record setting receiver from Miami.

  21. jvillenole says: Jul 23, 2014 12:55 AM

    They drafted two WRs in the second round in Lee (brilliant pick), and Robinson (brilliant pick). They traded up for Robinson.

    Suddenly, those two picks are absolutely genius about right now.

    Maybe management knew something prior to the draft?

  22. garyridgway says: Jul 23, 2014 3:47 AM

    Probably one of the few sincere apologies I’ve read in some time. Hop the kid gets his life back in order. It was a pleasure watching him and Lattimore and Conner Shaw play at USC.

  23. garrisonxcvii says: Jul 23, 2014 7:41 AM

    This really sucks, because Jags fans love Ace. I really doubt Dave Caldwell will release one his “hits” on his draft picks go after one season. We hope you get better, and come back even stronger.

    But wow, the Jags WR curse is strong here.

  24. exboomer says: Jul 23, 2014 7:45 AM

    It’s nice to see when a player recognizes he has a problem is is willing to get help. To bad that doesn’t apply to the Bills Dareus right now.

  25. jcbrown1982 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:33 AM

    Years ago, Keenan McCardell’s said she cursed the Jags when he left. She put the voodoo on us.

  26. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 23, 2014 9:04 AM

    The Jags may not have any receivers left before pre-season at the current rate of suspensions. Unbelievable.

  27. briscocountyjr says: Jul 23, 2014 2:17 PM

    This comment exchange– priceless

    1. This hurts but maybe it’s why we got two top rookie WRs in the draft. Damn Ace. Just Damn.

    2. Top 2 WRs in the draft? Lol I’ll have what he’s smoking.

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