GREEN BAY, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Johnny Jolly says he feels great, and it’s a blessing to have a second chance. The veteran defensive end practiced with his Green Bay Packer teammates yesterday for the first time since the end of the 2009 season.
The N-F-L suspended him for three years, after a series of drug arrests in his home area of Houston. Jolly says he has not taken codeine in 19 months. He just recently completed court-ordered addiction treatment, after spending time in prison for his offenses.
Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy says he won’t evaluate Jolly’s football condition after just one day. For now at least, the coach says he’s just happy that Jolly is at the Packers’ mini-camp. In McCarthy’s words, “Our locker room is ready to embrace him and make sure that he has the support he needs – not football-wise, the football part I’m not really worried about.”