With NFL training camps opening this week, we'll probably learn of players facing suspensions for the upcoming season. Because players are now reporting to camp, teams are more obliged to reveal if any of their players are facing discipline from the league if wasn't previously announced.
That's the case with Jacksonville Jaguars second-year receiver Ace Sanders, who revealed he's facing a 4-game suspension from the league in addition to dealing with 'personal issues.'
#Jaguars WR Ace Sanders said on conf. call -- "personal issues" will keep him out of camp.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) July 22, 2014
Ace says he's facing four-game suspension as well.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) July 22, 2014
This is an unfortunate development for Sanders, who's already in a battle just to make the 53-man roster. Because the Jags drafted Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson this year, Sanders has been pushed down the depth chart, and he'll undoubtedly be even lower if he misses the first four games to start the 2014 NFL season.
Sanders would be eligible to make his debut Oct. 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers if he misses the first four games. He's third Jaguars player to be suspended since last October. Receiver Justin Blackmon is serving an indefinite suspension for reportedly failing multiple drug tests.
As a rookie last year, Sanders had 51 catches for 484 yards and a touchdown.