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No Surprise: Johnny Jolly Wants To Be Reinstated

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The Press-Gazette reports that DE Johnny Jolly has filed the paperwork required to be reinstated. It's really a no-brainer for him. He's eligible to apply for reinstatement after the Super Bowl, and it's time to get back into the NFL.

Jolly's legal troubles stemming from a felony possession charge seem to be resolved. According to JS Online, he began a pretrial diversion program last August, and those charges could be dismissed. I haven't heard that he's had any troubles, but I'd assume he'd have little chance of being reinstated if he was in more trouble. His suspension was a little unusual because it wasn't a one calendar year suspension and only ran until after the Super Bowl.

Should the Green Bay Packers welcome him back? I wrote back in August that it was time to move on. At the time, they had many options on the defensive line, and it didn't seem like he was worth the trouble. But after watching all the injuries, and an unremarkable season from DE Ryan Pickett, having Jolly back in 2011 might be a good idea. Should the Packers pencil him in as the starter if he's reinstated or should they let him go?