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It is very rare when a player in the NFL can come back to the game and be effective after sitting out three full seasons. But that is what defensive lineman Johnny Jolly is attempting to do in 2013.
Jolly was suspended indefinitely in 2010 for violating the league's substance abuse policy. That situation caused Jolly to miss three full seasons before he was reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell in February.
Jolly is now 30 years old. Before his suspension, he was considered one of the better defensive linemen with the Packers.
The 6'3", 325-pound Jolly started all 16 games in 2008 and 2009 for the Packers and had 88 combined tackles those two seasons, as he was a very effective run-stopper. Jolly was also very adept at batting down pass attempts by opposing quarterbacks, as he had 10 of those in 2009 alone.
The competition for the defensive line will be very tough for Jolly to make a comeback, as the Packers will probably only keep six D-Linemen, or perhaps seven.
Spots will be tough to come by, if one assumes that Datone Jones, B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, Mike Neal and Mike Daniels all make the team.
We will soon find out how Father Time has affected Jolly over these past few years. If Jolly looks like he did in 2009, there is little doubt that he will make the team. But the chances of that occurring are not very high.