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Johnny Jolly Applies For Reinstatement Into NFL


Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly says that he has recovered from his drug addiction, and he's applied for reinstatement into the NFL. Jolly went to prison for violating the terms of his probation back in November, following yet another arrest for felony possession of codeine. He was released from prison in May and is currently on probation for 10 years.

Jolly talked to the National Football Post about his desire to return to football and clean up his life.

"I know that the NFL doesn't need me. I need it way more than it needs me. I really want to be a part of it and I am hoping to go back and show that I am a good reliable citizen that the league and others can depend on and trust."

Jolly also said in the interview with Brad Biggs of the NFP that he is taking drug tests regularly and that he is also attending meetings to get over his drug addiction. He says that he's been sober for eight months. Jolly is still technically a Green Bay Packers player, but there's really no telling at this point whether or not the team would give him a chance to come back if he was reinstated.

Much like the issue of Nick Collins' medical clearance and release, I'll leave this one up to Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy without passing any judgment.