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Jaguars’ Ace Sanders facing suspension, taking ‘leave from football’

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without another wide receiver to start their 2014 training camp and season. Second year receiver Ace Sanders spoke on a conference call, admitted to media members that he is facing a four-game suspension, and will be taking a leave from football to seek counseling. Ryan O’ Halloran of the Florida Times-Union first broke the story.

It’s a pretty big and mature move for Sanders to step away and seek counseling instead of fighting and hiding his problems. He would have still been eligible to participate in training camp as well as play in the pre-season games for Jacksonville. The four-game suspension would mean that Sanders could return to play with Jacksonville on October 5 against Pittsburgh.

On the football side of things, the Jaguars used two rookie picks to select Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson respectively, as they will look to mix in with Cecil Shorts. Meanwhile Tandon Doss will likely be the team’s top punt returner until Sanders returns.

There is no new information on another Jaguars receiver dealing with a suspension, Justin Blackmon, who is facing a year-long ban, if not longer.

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