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Alabama dismisses Tyren Jones from football program

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Tuesday that running back Tyren Jones has been dismissed from the team following his arrest.

Jones was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with marijuana possession second-degree, according to the Tuscaloosa police department.

"Tyren Jones was indefinitely suspended from the football program early in the semester," Saban said in a university news release. "He was given an opportunity academically and from a team rules standpoint, but he failed to do any of the things necessary to comply with the rules of the Alabama football program. He was dismissed from the team when he refused to follow the parameters given to him for reinstatement."

A police report stated that an officer stopped a white Dodge Challenger for speeding, and that when the officer approached the vehicle, "he could smell a very strong odor of marijuana."

According to the report, the officer found "marijuana and a digital scales" inside the car which belonged to Brandon Hansberry, who was also arrested.

The report states that officers found a "small amount of marijuana" in Jones' pants pocket, which gave the officers probable cause to arrest both Jones and Hansberry. There were two other passengers in the vehicle, but they were released without being charged, the report said.

Jones was released on a bond of $1,000. Hansberry is in jail with a bond of $20,000.

Jones, a rising redshirt sophomore, is the third Alabama player to be arrested in the past four days. On Saturday, Jonathan Taylor, who has been suspended since February for an undisclosed reason, was arrested for domestic violence, while Geno Smith was arrested for driving under the influence. Taylor was dismissed from the team Sunday.

Jones, a former four-star prospect from Marietta, Ga., rushed for 224 yards and two touchdowns last season for Alabama.

-- Contact Anniston Star Sports Writer Marq Burnett at mburnett@annistonstar.com. On Twitter:@Marq_Burnett.

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