Chris Herndon IV Suspended Four Games

Jets TE Chris Herndon has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season

Jets TE Chris Herndon has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season

The NFL cracked down on Chris Herndon on Friday.

Now, the NFL has weighed in with their punishment, hitting the guy with a 4-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Herndon was arrested in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, in the early morning hours of June 2 last year after crashing into another vehicle, driven by a 76-year-old man. He will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Monday, Oct. 7, following the team's Oct. 6 game against the Eagles in Philadelphia. Six tight ends were drafted ahead of him a year ago. The test revealed a blood-alcohol level over New Jersey's limit of.08, according to State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele.

A first-time offender usually only gets two games unless the league determines there were aggravating circumstances. Herndon received a four-game suspension, not the normal two because a woman at the scene claimed bodily harm due to the crash, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

After he pleaded guilty, Herndon's driver's license was suspended for 90 days.

If the Jets are hoping to finally overtake the Patriots in the AFC East, they'll be forced to overcome a big loss during the first four weeks of the season. Herndon finished his rookie season second on the team in catches with 39, receiving yards with 502 and touchdowns with four. At this point, other tight ends who were on Herndon's tier should be moved ahead of him. The Jets could look to add a pass-catching tight end during training camp to fill in for Herndon at the beginning of the regular season.