Packers: Running back Aaron Jones faces charges following October arrest
Green Bay Packers rookie running back Aaron Jones faces charges stemming from a previously undisclosed traffic stop and arrest in early October.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Michael Cohen reported Monday that Jones, 22, admitted to driving under the influence of marijuana during a traffic stop in Ashwaubenon on Oct. 1, one week before Jones’ first start for the Packers at Dallas.
According to the report, Jones was pulled over on Highway 172 at around noon after by a state trooper who said he was driving 79 mph in a 55 mile-per-hour zone. The arresting trooper smelled marijuana and gave Jones a field sobriety test before taking him to a Green Bay hospital for a blood test. Jones was released later that day.
Online court records show that on Nov. 15 Jones pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor traffic charges for speeding, driving without a valid license and operating a vehicle with a controlled substance. His next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 1.
It was not clear what effect the charges will have on Jones’ availability for the remainder of the Packers’ regular season.
On Twitter, Michael Cohen quoted head coach Mike McCarthy saying Jones, “made a mistake” and declining to comment further since it is a pending legal issue.
Jones is currently rehabilitating from a knee injury he received at Chicago on Nov. 12. On Sunday he said his rehab is “going well” and that his knee is “feeling good.” While the initial diagnosis had him missing 3-6 weeks, Jones said, “I’m hoping sooner than later.”
Prior to his injury he posted two games of 100-plus yards as the Packers starting running back after Ty Montgomery received a rib injury on Sept. 28. He’s posted the best record of any running back on the Packers roster so far in the 2017 season, scoring three times and gaining 370 yards on 70 attempts for an average of 5.3 yards per carry. The Packers selected Jones in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.