Matt Jones for the final three games of the season without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy.">

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Jacksonville Jaguar Matt Jones Suspended

According to the NFL News Feed:

The NFL has suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones for the final three games of the season without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to the team's website.

Jones had appealed the suspension but his appeal was rejected.

He was arrested in July in Arkansas on a cocaine possession charge. Jones entered a pretrial diversion program in which the charge will be dropped if he completes the program, which includes counseling, random drug-testing and community service.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter complained earlier this season that Jones remained eligible to play after the arrest while other players were being disciplined for less serious offenses. Porter later issued a public apology to Jones.

Jones finishes the season with 65 catches for 761 yards and two touchdowns.

The NFL's substance abuse policy allows the league to discipline players for drug-related violations of the law.


On Friday, NFL Crime Watch will examine how the league and teams handle suspensions of arrested players.

By Emil Steiner  |  December 9, 2008; 3:03 PM ET  | Category:  Crime Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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