Vanderbilt safety Zaire Jones suspended indefinitely after assault charge

Vanderbilt safety Zaire Jones, who was charged last week with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, has been suspended indefinitely by the team, the school confirmed Tuesday.

Jones, a contender to start, has not been practicing with the team since his felony arrest on Thursday, a team spokesman confirmed to ESPN.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Tennessean, Jones refused to stop for an off-duty police officer and struck the officer on the knee with his vehicle while attempting to drive around a traffic barricade near campus.

The 20-year-old Jones, from Meridian, Mississippi, was released on $10,000 bond.

He played in 11 games as a redshirt freshman last season, totaling 11 tackles.

Vanderbilt opens the season on Saturday at home against Middle Tennessee.