So it's not exactly a secret at this point, but the Chargers have now confirmed the NFL has suspended Vincent Jackson for three games. When news of the suspension broke two week ago, everyone involved had been staying mum. That all changed today when the NFL officially notified the Chargers that Jackson would be suspended for the first three games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
In a statement released today, A.J. Smith said: "Obviously we’re disappointed. Vincent made a mistake and now must deal with the consequences. It’s unfortunate, but we’ll deal with it and move on."
This suspension all stems from two separate occasions where Jackson was convicted of driving under the influence, the first in 2006, and the second in 2009. His problems didn't end there, however. Many of you will remember that Vincent was arrested in January of this year, on his way to the Chargers' playoff game against the New York Jets, for driving with a suspended license.
Jackson's suspension begins on Saturday, September 4. He will be eligible to return to the Chargers' active roster on Monday, September 27 following the team's September 26 game against the Seattle Seahawks. But this could all be moot if he makes good on his threat and sits out the first 10 games of the season, he just won't get paid for the first three games.