Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reports that Packers DE Datone Jones‘ recent one-game suspension stems from a citation he received marijuana possession the day after the team’s loss to the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game.
- Jones pleaded guilty to possession of THC and paid his fine of $880 on Feb. 10, and the case was then closed.
- The case is considered a civil ordinance violation, not a misdemeanor or criminal conviction, which explains why Jones received just a one-game ban.
The NFL announced Thursday that Packers former first-round DE Datone Jones has been suspended one game for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Jones is among four NFL players who have had suspensions announced on Thursday, so it appears as though the NFL has decided to announce all of these bans at the same time.
Jones, 24, is entering the third year of his four-year, $7.71 million rookie contract and was set to make a base salary of $1,106,509 for the 2015 season.
In 2014, Jones appeared in 13 games for the Packers and recorded 23 tackles, 1.5 sacks, an interception and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 22 defensive end out of 47 qualifying players.