According to the league's alcohol policy, a first-time offender gets a minimum two-game suspension but can receive additional discipline if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell determines there were aggravating circumstances, including extreme intoxication, property damage or serious injury to the player or another party.
He pleaded guilty in January to driving while intoxicated, all but ensuring a suspension.
New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon was suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL's policy and program on substances of abuse, the National Football League announced Friday.
Herndon is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He played all 16 games in 2018, but he won't be eligible to join the active roster this season until Monday, October 7.
New Jersey State Police said Herndon was driving his Nissan Armada when he crashed into a Toyota Land Cruiser that was towing a trailer carrying another vehicle.
Herndon impressed as a rookie, finishing second on the Jets with 502 receiving yards, which also ranked second among rookie tight ends. The driver, who was 76 years old, suffered a bruised and gashed arm. 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. One eyewitness told police that Herndon was driving over 100 miles per hour.
According to a Rockaway Township court spokesperson, he paid a $639 fine and his license was revoked for 90 days in New Jersey.
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. At this point, other tight ends who were on Herndon's tier should be moved ahead of him.