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Packers RB Aaron Jones Suspended 2 Games To Start Season

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The Green Bay Packers will be without one of the three main running backs expected to comprise the bulk of their running game this season. Second-year player Aaron Jones has been suspended.

The Packers took Jones in the fifth round out of UTEP in the 2017 NFL Draft. He ran the ball 81 times for 448 yards and four touchdowns, with the bulk of the work coming at mid-season.

On October 8, he ran for 125 yards and a score in a win over the Dallas Cowboys. Two weeks later, he topped that career high with a 131-yard, one TD effort vs. the Saints.

Reports of the Aaron Jones suspension started to hit Twitter moments ago.

Via NFL insider Adam Caplan:

The suspension is believed to connected to a late 2017 arrest for marijuana. From USA Today:

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday that Jones was arrested Oct. 1 and faces several charges after he admitted during a traffic stop to smoking marijuana. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of speeding, driving without a valid license and operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in his system, according to Wisconsin court records.

“I owe an apology to my family, teammates, coaches, the fans and the Packers organization,” Jones said Tuesday. “I made a mistake, and I take full responsibility for it. And it won’t happen again. I can’t speak on it because it’s an ongoing legal matter.”

While it may be just a two game suspension, the games are pretty crucial. Green Bay opens with the division rival Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings to start the year. Both games are at Lambeau Field.

That leaves the running back spot to Ty Montgomery, who moved over from wide receiver earlier in his career and has had success for the Packers, and fellow second-year player Jamaal Williams.