Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the team announced.
Late last September, Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for a DUI charge and was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Three days later, the Jets claimed him off waivers.
In seven games with the Jets, he recorded 10 catches for 110 yards.
The Jets knew this was coming when they claimed him off waivers - a controversial move at the time. But the Jets needed a tight end and were willing to give him a chance to re-establish his reputation and his career.
They still have hopes that the receiving skills he's occasionally flashed during his injury-plagued career will become something the Jets can use. He caught only 10 passes for 110 yards in seven games with the Jets, though that's at least in part because Chan Gailey's offense didn't feature the tight end at all. Jets GM Mike Maccagnan indicated that will change under new offensive coordinator John Morton, but they haven't added a true receiving tight end yet.
That means Seferian-Jenkins at the moment has a chance to be the guy the Jets lean on. But it won't happen until Week 3 of the 2017 season, at least. And the Jets have to hope that the 24-year-old has learned his lesson and won't turn out to be more trouble than he's worth.