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Jones, who violated NFL's substance abuse policy, to have appeal heard Dec. 4

11/23/2008 - NFL Matt Jones Jacksonville Jaguars + more

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars receiver Matt Jones, facing a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, will have his appeal heard Dec. 4.

Jones said following Jacksonville's 30-12 loss to Minnesota on Sunday that he will attend the hearing in New York. He hopes to have the suspension reduced.

Jones, a former first-round draft pick, has entered a drug treatment program in hopes of erasing a felony cocaine charge in Arkansas. He leads the Jaguars (4-7) with 54 catches for 623 yards and two touchdowns.

He was arrested and charged with one count of cocaine possession in July after a Fayetteville police officer saw the former Arkansas quarterback inside a parked car allegedly cutting up cocaine with a credit card. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Jones pleaded not guilty to the charge, then prosecutors agreed to move the case to drug court.