Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly has been suspended
indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Jolly’s suspension begins immediately and will continue through at least the 2010 season. He’ll be eligible to apply for reinstatement following Super Bowl XLV.
Jolly is due in court July 30th to face a felony drug possession charge, the same day players are to report for training camp.
Jolly, who signed a restricted free agent tender with the Packers in June worth $2.521 million, was arrested in the early morning of July 8, 2008, in the parking lot of a Houston club.
Jolly was pulled over because of excessive noise coming from amplified bass music and waa arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (codeine).
Packers General Manager Ted Thompson issued the following statement: “Johnny is a good player that loves everything about the game of football. We appreciate the contributions he has made to the Packers the past four seasons. His focus and priorities now lie elsewhere – our thoughts are with him during this difficult personal time.”