The National Football League suspended defensive end Johnny Jolly on Friday, indefinitely and without pay, for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The suspension will last at least through the 2010 season. Jolly is eligible to apply for reinstatement after Super Bowl XLV.
Ted Thompson, the team’s general manager, issued a 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."
The team declined further comment.
Green Bay has been planning for life without Jolly, as they drafted a pair of defensive ends in April's draft and still have a solid threesome of Ryan Pickett, B.J. Raji, and Cullen Jenkins up front. The Packers are 4for4's number two defense and should remain a top fantasy option even without Jolly thanks to playmakers like Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews.