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Trial of DE Johnny Jolly Starts Today

It’s going to be interesting to see if DE Johnny Jolly is going to be part of the Packers in 2009, and as today’s Green Bay Post Gazette reports, the trial of Jolly will start today:

The Green Bay Packers probably will find out in a few days whether end Johnny Jolly will be part of their defensive line rotation early this season. Jolly’s trial in Houston for alleged illegal possession of 200 grams or more of codeine is scheduled to begin Friday.

If he’s found guilty, it’s a given NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will suspend him, probably for the first four games of this season, for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy. Goodell usually waits until dispensation of a case for first-time offenders of the policy before determining whether to penalize the player, so if Jolly is found not guilty, it’s a given he won’t be fined or suspended. The trial’s outcome will be a big factor in what kind of role Jolly will play for the Packers this season.

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