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Jaguars release Jones after latest brush with law

The Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday released wide receiver Matt Jones, less than a week after he was arrested for violating probation stemming from a drug arrest.

The Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday released wide receiver Matt Jones, less than a week after he was arrested for violating probation stemming from a drug arrest.

Jones, 25, spent six days in jail after a drug test indicated he had alcohol in his system, violating a condition from an arrest nine months ago. He was released from jail on Saturday.

Jones was charged with possession of a controlled substance in July after police in Fayetteville, Ark., alleged they saw him cutting up cocaine inside an automobile.

The NFL suspended him for three games in December and he reached a plea deal in connection with the charge that required him to undergo drug counselling and submit to random testing.

The former first-round draft pick claimed he drank beer while golfing with friends on Feb. 28.

Jones put up the best numbers of his career in 2008 despite the off-season arrest, finishing with a team-leading 65 receptions for 761 yards. He has 166 catches and 15 touchdowns in four NFL seasons.

The six-foot-five player was a quarterback at the University of Arkansas before being converted by the Jaguars to receiver.