The NFL has suspended Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones for the first two games of the 2018 season without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Jones will miss the season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 9 and the Week 2 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings Blidi Wreh-Wilson Jersey , with both games at Lambeau Field.
He will be eligible to return to the roster on Sept. 17, the day after the Vikings game.
The discipline stems from a traffic stop in Brown County, Wisconsin, on Oct. 1, 2017 Dan Marino Jersey , in which Jones was charged with operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in his system; speeding; and operating a vehicle without a valid license. The case came to light after he entered a plea of not guilty on Nov. 15.
The case was resolved in February with Jones pleading no contest to the first charge. He was ordered to pay more than $1,000 in court costs, and his license was revoked for six months. The other two counts were dismissed.
The Packers cited confidentiality in declining comment. A representative for Jones referred to the player's apology in November.
"I owe an apology to my family, teammates, coaches Morten Andersen Jersey , the fans and the Packers organization," Jones told reporters on Nov. 21. "I made a mistake, and I take full responsibility for it. And it won't happen again."
Jones can take part in all preseason practices and games. Players must report to Packers training camp on July 25.
Jones was second on the team in rushing last season with 448 yards and four touchdowns on 81 carries. Fellow rookie Jamaal Williams had a team-high 556 yards and four scores on 153 carries, giving coach Mike McCarthy a young but promising one-two punch in the backfield.
The Packers still have Williams returning at running back along with Ty Montgomery, who was limited to eight games last season because of injuries.
Veteran center Mike Pouncey agreed to a two-year contract Monday with the Los Angeles Chargers Charles Harris Jersey , who added a standout run-blocker to their powerful offense.
Pouncey was released by Miami last week after the three-time Pro Bowl selection refused a pay cut. He started all 16 games for the Dolphins last season, his seventh in the NFL.
The Chargers swooped in to grab a new centerpiece for what's likely to be an impressive offensive line. Los Angeles finished fourth in the league last season with 376.6 yards per game despite fielding only the 26th-best rushing attack.
Philip Rivers was sacked a career-low 18 times last season, but Los Angeles sometimes struggled to get traction with its running game. The offensive line's blocking was considered the primary reason for running back Melvin Gordon's inconsistency, and Pouncey is among the NFL's best run-blocking centers.
Pouncey is the second big-name veteran addition to the Chargers' line in two seasons. Los Angeles signed left tackle Russell Okung to a four-year, $53 million deal last year Jalen Richard Jersey , and he promptly earned his second Pro Bowl selection in a standout season.
Okung and starting right tackle Joe Barksdale are returning for Los Angeles. Promising right guard Forrest Lamp is healthy after missing his rookie season due to injury, and fellow second-year pro Dan Feeney is likely to be the starting left guard.
Spencer Pulley started all 16 games at center last season. The former undrafted free agent from Vanderbilt could be a versatile reserve after playing extensively at guard in college.
After winning nine of their final 12 regular-season games and barely missing the playoffs, the Chargers waited several days to make a splashy move in free agency. Los Angeles signed run-blocking tight end Virgil Green away from Denver, and also added kicker Caleb Sturgis to address last season's most problematic position.
The Chargers' only significant free-agent departure so far is seldom-used defensive lineman Jerry Attaochu's move to San Francisco.
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