The Packers have shown a lot of support for defensive tackle Johnny Jolly in his attempt to make a comeback after three years away from the game as a result of drug arrests and suspensions, but that comeback effort has not yet progressed to the point of seeing what he has to offer on the football field.
That should change on Tuesday. Jolly responded with a “yes” on Twitter to a question from Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com about whether Jolly planned to join the rest of the organization at this week’s minicamp.
It’s not the first time Jolly has announced that he’s on his way back to the team. He said he would be at organized team activities after completing a drug treatment program last month, but didn’t wind up rejoining the team for reasons that coach Mike McCarthy would only say were part of “the process.”
If the process allows Jolly back onto the field this week, the Packers will get a chance to see how much rust has accumulated over three years of inactivity. Jolly’s getting his second chance, but he won’t get anything more than that if his long absence has sapped him of the ability that he flashed back in the old days with the Packers.