Johnny Jolly: Any Chance of Returning to the Green Bay Packers Is Gone

J FCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Johnny Jolly #97 of the Green Bay Packers looks on from the bench against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)
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The Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly chose probation when cops caught him with at least 200 grams of codeine back in 2008; this way, he was able to escape up to 20 years in prison for the second degree felony.

The league suspended him without pay for the 2010 season but in February of 2011, he filed for reinstatement.

The Super Bowl-champion Green Bay Packers had planned to add his size and skill to an already strong defensive unit for at least the final year of his contract, but it appears he hasn't learned from his mistakes.

Jolly was stopped by Houston police just after midnight on March 25, 2011, and they discovered three times as many grams of the same substance he had been previously arrested for in his car.

The Packers had hoped that Jolly would make the probable loss of DE Cullen Jenkins to free agency an easier transition, but now, they will have no choice but to send him on his way.

His actions have no place in a classy Green Bay organization—they certainly don't need him to return to the big game.

It's a shame he couldn't leave his past behind him; he'll be lucky if commissioner Roger Goodell will ever let him back in the league.

Jolly won't get off so easy this time and his career is all but ruined.

The Packers won't cry over what could've been, but it's sad to see the path that Jolly chose.