When news of Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly’s indefinite suspension broke Friday, we assumed the ban was related to Jolly’s pending drug trial. Jolly is accused of numerous offenses that essentially paint him as a drug kingpin in the Houston area.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, however, reports that Jolly was suspended not for a conduct code violation, but for breaking the league’s rules against substance abuse. La Canfora’s report leaves the door open for Jolly’s suspension to stem from something unrelated to his court case. Like one or more failed drug tests.
Therefore, the indefinite ban figures to be continued beyond this season if, in addition to violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy, Jolly is convicted of what Texas prosecutors have alleged and is thus found to be in violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.
La Canfora wondered aloud on Twitter whether “this is the end for Jolly in the NFL.”
ESPN’s Michael Smith reported Friday afternoon on NFL Live that Jolly will have the opportunity to seek reinstatement following Super Bowl XLV.
Unfortunately, ESPN doesn’t know what position Jolly plays.
UPDATE: ESPN has now changed Jolly’s position from the false designation of defensive tackle to the correct classification of defensive end, but Jolly is still referred to as a “DT” in ESPN’s headline.