Johnny Jolly out of prison, a longshot to ever play again

Johnny Jolly, suspended indefinitely by the NFL for a long history of drug problems, was released from prison in Texas on Tuesday.

Jolly served only six months of a six-year sentence, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, and he received what is called “shock probation.” It means he is now on probation after living through the shock of time behind bars.

Jolly will be forced to serve 10 years of probation and perform 200 hours of community service. A defensive lineman during his playing days, the Green Bay Packers still retain his rights as Jolly is on the reserve/suspended list.

Whether or not the franchise would ever entertain the possibility of bringing Jolly back remains to be seen. The guess here is it would be a longshot. The 29-year-old last played for the Packers in 2009. Hopefully, he’s found a program that will treat his drug addiction.

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