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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for July 7, 2015

We now know why a Packers' starting defensive end was suspended last week.

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Last Thursday, the NFL announced that Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones was suspended for the first game of the 2015 season for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Much speculation was made about what caused that suspension, as no details had been released suggesting any misconduct by Jones.

However, public records hold the answer in this case, as you'll see below in today's curds.

In addition to that note, we find some analysis of a few other key Packers defenders, a look at one of the other NFC North teams, and a discussion of a weekend that proved to be painful physically and financially for one NFL player.

Packers' Datone Jones cited for marijuana after NFC title game |
We now know why Jones was suspended for one game - he was ticketed for possession of marijuana, something which has typically resulted in a single game ban if there is no positive drug test associated with it.

Time to step up: Green Bay Packers CB Casey Hayward |
This one should come as no surprise; with two veteran cornerbacks departing in free agency, Hayward needs to elevate his play and make a smooth transition to the outside.

Things will heat up in late July |
Mark Murphy's monthly Q&A addresses breaking into sports management, his eternal optimism, and the beer selection at 1919 Kitchen & Tap.

How Much Should The Packers Pay Mike Daniels? | Cheesehead TV
On the last year of his deal, Daniels' best shot at a big payday might be by going out and continuing to elevate his play on the field and striking it rich in free agency next March. It wouldn't be a shock to see him get a four-year deal worth around $10 million per year if he keeps up his play.

Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings ready to make leap | USA Today
Yes, Minnesota looks to be on the upswing, but Bridgewater isn't ready to crown his team yet, saying "Right now, we're not as good as what we think."

Giants reportedly withdraw $60 million contract offer to Jason Pierre-Paul -
That turned out to be one expensive set of fireworks.