Packers RB Aaron Jones suspended for first two regular season games

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - *** UPDATE at 4:16 PM CT ***
Packers running back Aaron Jones responded on Twitter to the suspension.

"This won't define me," Jones said a little over an hour after the NFL released the suspension.

He then added: "The NFL announced my suspension today. I accept it, take responsibility for it, and regret the mistake that I made during the 2017 season which led to the punishment. I've let down my family, teammates, coaches, the Packers' front office, Packers' fans, UTEP, UTEP fans, and the communities of El Paso and Green Bay. I apologize to all impacted and promise that this will never happen again and when I touch the field again it's going to be special."


Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2018 regular season.

The NFL says Jones' suspension is for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Jones, coming off a standout rookie season, will be eligible to return to the active roster on Monday, Sept. 17. That's the day after the Packers play the Minnesota Vikings.

Jones can play in preseason games, the NFL says.

The Packers open the season on Sept. 9 against the Chicago Bears.

They play the Vikings on Sept. 16.

Jones will be eligible to play in the Sept. 23 game against the Washington Redskins.

The suspension stems from Jones' October arrest in Brown County. Jones had been pulled over for speeding on Highway 172. A state trooper said he smelled marijuana.

Jones had admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day, according to reports. No drugs were found during a search of his vehicle.

Jones pleaded "no contest" to Operating with a Restricted Controlled Substance. The judge ordered his license revoked for six months, according to online court records.