GREEN BAY, Wis. (WEAU) - Green Bay Packers rookie running back Aaron Jones has more to worry about than recovering from a sprained left MCL as he faces multiple charges following an arrest on Oct. 1.
According to Wisconsin Circuit Court records, Jones was hit with three charges in the traffic stop incident last month: 1) operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in his system – Jones told the officer he had smoked marijuana that morning, according to the police report, after the officer smelled the substance and noticed Jones' eyes were red and bloodshot, 2) speeding – Jones was clocked going 79 mph in a 55 mph speed zone, and 3) operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license.
Per court records, the product of UTEP entered a not guilty plea on Nov. 15.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was the first to report Jones’ incident earlier Monday. The police report states Aaron Jones was pulled over on Highway 172 in Wisconsin on Sunday, Oct. 1. The Packers were coming off a Thursday night game against the Bears in Week 4 which Ty Montgomery suffered broken ribs. Jones was named the Week 5 starting running back following Montgomery’s injury.
According to court records, Jones posted a total bail of $1,363.70.
Aaron Jones quickly became the featured member of the Green Bay backfield once inserted into the starting lineup. He leads the Packers in rushing yards (370) and rushing touchdowns (3) and is second behind Montgomery in carries (70). Jones has the only 100-plus yard rushing games (2) for the green and gold this season. The fifth-round draft pick is expected to miss three to six weeks with a sprained MCL injury he sustained against the Bears in Week 10.
When asked about the incident Monday, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy made it clear that he knew of Jones’ situation. "I spoke to Aaron after the incident. It's been awhile since…I don't recall the date,” said McCarthy. “He made a mistake and I know it's a pending legal situation. So, yes I am aware of it."
Aaron Jones could end up receiving a suspension from the NFL, but it's unlikely they issue any punishment until after his legal case is taken care of. Jones has a pretrial hearing scheduled for Feb. 1, 2018.