This from Dan O’Donnell’s blog at 620: WTMJ
Read it and weep, Packers fans–this just came down from the NFL:
The Packers just released this statement:
The Packers have been informed by the National Football League about the suspension of DE Johnny Jolly. Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson issued the following statement:
“Johnny is a good player that loves everything about the game of football. We appreciate the contributions he has made to the Packers the past four seasons. His focus and priorities now lie elsewhere – our thoughts are with him during this difficult personal time.”
As this is a league matter, the team will have no further comment.
Interesting punishment. He did some bad stuff it appears (though most of us don’t know the extent of it) – but this is a big-time punishment. TT/MM clearly had a sense for this when shifting Pickett to DE and naming Raji the starting NT. And, in the draft, we added depth to the line at least. I wonder if this will get Mike Neal on the field sooner – which may not be a bad thing.
One thing I will miss about Jolly is his Paul Pressey-like arms. He batted down a ton of balls. From a mental/frustration standpoint for a QB, I think having a ball batted down can really take its toll. Jolly was seriously good at doing this. But overall, I don’t think he can’t be replaced. It may in fact be a quality opportunity for a young guy to step up.