Jets tight end Chris Herndon has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the team announced on Friday.
Herndon, 23, pleaded guilty to a DUI that occurred in June 2018 back in January.
He received a 90-day driver's license suspension and was fined $639 in municipal court while the NFL continued to investigate. A first-time offender is typically given a two-game suspension, per the league's alcohol policy, but the commissioner can impose additional discipline for aggravating circumstances.
Herndon collided his SUV with a 76-year-old man's SUV at 4:45 a.m. driving westbound on Interestate 80 in Rockaway Township, N.J. Herndon's car flipped and slid 700 feet. Both drivers were not injured.
A witness claimed Herndon was driving in excess of 100 mph, but Herndon told police he was driving 58 mph. His blood-alcohol level was 0.15 -- almost twice the legal limit of 0.08.
The Jets drafted Herndon in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, finishing with 39 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games his rookie season.