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Johnny Jolly will join Packers for OTAs

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05:45 PM ET 05.23 | Johnny Jolly was back in a Houston courtroom Wednesday ... but this time, it was a good thing. Jolly can now return to the Packers. The troubled defensive lineman was in a courtroom to receive his diploma for completing a court-ordered drug treatment program, his final step before returning to the NFL. There to hand him the diploma was the judge who sentenced Jolly to prison. "I know I've seen a change, and I know your family has seen a change, and we are just so darn proud of you today just for the progress that you've made," The Honorable Denise Bradley said. "I didn't know if we would see this day happen." The Packers had been quiet about the process for Jolly to return, but this was his last obstacle. Jolly last played in 2009 and then was suspended from the league for several drug-related arrests and jail time in Houston.

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May 23, 2013  05:57 PM ET

Don't f this up, kid. Last chance.

May 23, 2013  07:23 PM ET

I hope he has a jolly time!

May 23, 2013  07:44 PM ET

His very first duh-ploma

May 23, 2013  09:52 PM ET

I hope he'll do well. He has a hell of an incentive not to backslide and get into codeine again: a five year stretch he'd probably have to do all of. He was sentenced to six years, but he did less than a year. Shock Probation. They suspend the other five years and give him ten years of what usually amounts to zero tolerance probation. The point is he only gets the second chance. Won't be a third. Not in the NFL, anyway.

May 24, 2013  12:35 AM ET

I hate the Packers as much as anything in the NFL, but I truly hope he stays straight. Good luck, Johnny.

May 24, 2013  07:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I hope he has a jolly time!

Imagine how much popcorn he could eat...

May 24, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Given the amount of pain NFL players experience, staying off pain killers could be problematic. I hope he makes it.

May 24, 2013  09:19 AM ET

Keep him out of Houston as I'm guessing it is easier to get codeine syrup here than in Green Bay?

May 24, 2013  11:19 AM ET

I wonder after this much time away if he can play the game again. The NFL is so physically demanding that to just try and step in after three years, wow that would be some accomplishment. I wish him the best. Even if he doesn't make the team.

 
May 24, 2013  03:44 PM ET

Well Golly, Jolly will workout with The Pack!!!

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