The Green Bay Packers will be without running back Aaron Jones to start the season.
The NFL announced Tuesday that Jones had been suspended for the first two games of the year for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
The suspension, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, is related to Jones’ arrest last fall on a marijuana charge. He was eventually found guilty of operating with a restricted controlled substance and was ordered to pay $1,047.00 in court costs. He had two other traffic charges dismissed.
Jones rushed for 448 yards and five touchdowns last season as a rookie, and many believed he could be Green Bay’s featured back this season. While that could still happen, it’ll have to wait. He’ll miss two key games — Chicago and Minnesota — to open the year and then be eligible to return to action when the Packers travel to Washington on Sept. 23.
Without Jones, Green Bay will likely lean on second-year back Jamaal Williams, who led the team in rushing with 556 yards as a rookie, and wide receiver turned running back Ty Montgomery.