Jolly Suspended for at least one year : Packers Insider

Jolly Suspended for at least one year

July 19, 2010 by  
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July 16, 2010 ~ by Lori Nickel

~The National Football League suspended Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly indefinitely and without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

The suspension, announced Friday, will last at least through the 2010 season. Jolly is eligible to apply for reinstatement after Super Bowl XLV, but his future with the team is unclear. He signed a contract tender for one year in June and was set to make $2.521 million this season.

Jolly, 27, is scheduled to go to trial July 30 on charges he possessed more than 200 grams of codeine during a Houston traffic stop in July 2008.

The Packers had excused Jolly from their June minicamp, with coach Mike McCarthy saying the team felt “it’s important for him to concentrate on his legal situation.” 

In Texas, Jolly faces a second-degree felony charge that carries a sentence of between two and 20 years if convicted.

On Friday, the team issued just this statement from general manager Ted Thompson:

“Johnny is a good player that loves everything about the game of football. We appreciate the contributions he has made to the Packers the past four seasons. His focus and priorities now lie elsewhere – our thoughts are with him during this difficult personal time.”

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