The NFL cracked down on Chris Herndon on Friday.
The NFL suspended tight end Chris Herndon four games without pay 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 auto, driven by a 76-year-old man. He played all 16 games in 2018, but he won't be eligible to join the active roster this season until Monday, October 7. The incident occurred about a month after he was selected by the Jets in the fourth round of the National Football League draft out of Miami.More news: Police issue Amber Alert for 2 boys last seen with grandfather
In Herndon's rookie season, he proved his ability to be a strong contributor in the passing game, racking up 39 catches, 502 yards, and four touchdowns.
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.
A first-time offender is usually handed a two-game suspension, but according to NFL.com, Herndon received four games, not two, because a woman at the scene later claimed bodily harm due to the crash. Commissioner Roger Goodell can dole out additional discipline when determining suspensions if he determines there were aggravating circumstances involved.More news: Angels throw combined no-hitter on night honoring Tyler Skaggs
After he pleaded guilty, Herndon's driver's license was suspended for 90 days.
NY has a Week 4 bye.
Eric Tomlinson is the only other Jets tight end returning from last season, after re-signing with the team in March.More news: Atletico chief Cerezo threatens Barcelona: 'We have evidence'
As a rookie out of Miami previous year, Herndon caught 39 passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns.