SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson has been suspended three games by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
The Chargers sent out a press release posting saying Jackson will miss the first three games of the regular season, meaning he won't be eligible to play until the Oct. 3 home contest against Arizona. Jackson is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.
The 27-year-old Jackson has twice been convicted for driving under the influence and pleaded guilty to the most recent charge in February.
Jackson is an unsigned restricted free agent and has been threatening to sit out the first half of the season in an attempt to improve his bargaining position with the team, though it appears the Chargers are not ready to meet his contract demands.
He started all 15 games he played in last season, catching 68 passes for 1,167 yards and nine touchdowns to establish career-highs in each category.
During his five seasons in the league, all with San Diego, Jackson has made 198 grabs for 3,400 yards and 25 scores.