The Chicago Bears will face a depleted Green Bay Packers running game in the 2018 season opener. Second-year running back Aaron Jones was suspended two games on Tuesday for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Suspension Tuesday: Packers’ RB Aaron Jones suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 3, 2018
Jones had a surprisingly productive rookie season in 2017, rushing for 448 yards and four touchdowns despite only starting four games. He finished the year averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Jones had 16 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown in two games against the Bears.
Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams will carry the load in Jones' absence, something Bears fans may wish wasn't the case. Montgomery shredded Chicago for 162 yards and two touchdowns back in 2016.
The Packers will use all three running backs in a committee this season, but it's Jones who flashed the most upside in his limited opportunities last year. The Bears may have caught an early break to start the season.