The Jaguars didn’t settle their quarterback competition on Friday night, which means that the biggest story to come out of the game was wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who was in street clothes because he’s still recovering from groin surgery, getting escorted from the sideline after arguing with Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll and his teammate Jason Babin.
After the game, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said “that’s not what we want on the sideline” but seemed less upset by what happened when he spoke to the media on Saturday. Bradley said that he spoke to both Blackmon and Babin about what went on when Babin stepped in to speak to Blackmon after the verbal jousting with Carroll came to an end.
“I’m not going to say that there was (nothing) between Justin and Jason Babin, but it was more like, `Just back up when Gus is telling you to back up,”‘ Bradley said, via the Associated Press. “It’s one of those things, and it probably appeared bigger. … But it was a lot smaller than what I initially thought.”
Babin chalked up the incident to football being an “emotional game” and indicated that there were no lingering bad feelings in the air between him and Blackmon. With that out of the way, attention can return to when Blackmon might be able to practice and/or play in preseason games. With a four-game suspension to start the year, the summer will be Blackmon’s only chance to prepare with his teammates before the season is well underway.
Bradley said that Blackmon could be cleared to practice next week, which would give him a couple of weeks to work with the team before his suspension gets underway.