|Johnny Jolly can finally resume his NFL career. (USTASI)|
Nearly three years after being suspended indefinitely from the NFL after multiple arrests for possession of a controlled substance, former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly will be reinstated into the league on Monday, an NFL spokesman confirmed, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Jolly, a starter for the Packers in 2008 and 2009, was released from prison last May when a Houston judge reduced his six-year jail sentence to 10 years of probation.
In November of 2011, a tearful Jolly was sentenced to prison for violating the terms of a previous drug conviction. A month earlier, Jolly was arrested for the third time in four years for possession of a controlled substance containing codeine.
A sixth-round pick of the Packers in 2006, Jolly's first drug charge stemmed from an incident in July of 2008 when police found a mixture containing codeine in his car following his arrest outside a Houston nightclub. Months after Jolly was suspended from the NFL in July of 2010, the 6-3, 325 pound tackle was arrested again in March of 2011 after police allegedly found a bottle containing 600 grams of codeine under a passenger seat. That April, Jolly was sentenced to probation after reaching a deal with prosecutors to avoid jail time if he could avoid further trouble.
In October of 2011, though, Jolly was arrested for possession of a controlled substance containing codeine after a traffic stop in Houston. He was also charged with tampering with evidence after officers allegedly witnessed him throwing a bag out of a car window.
Jolly was also given 200 hours of community service upon his release from prison last May.
In four seasons with the Packers, the former Texas A&M lineman recorded 113 tackles and 2.0 sacks. In 2009, Jolly was a key contributor on the Packers' top-ranked run defense.
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