Johnson faces charges

Defensive end Joe Johnson was charged with marijuana possession in Tift County, Georgia early Thursday, according to published reports.<p>

Johnson reportedly stopped his car in a turning lane of US Highway 319. A Tift County Sheriff's deputy saw the stopped car with its hazard lights flashing and approached the car. Johnson exited the car and asked directions to Tallahassee, Fla.

The deputy smelled marijuana smoke and searched the vehicle, finding what is believed to be a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, the report said.

Johnson, 30, posted a $1,625 cash bond and was released from the Tift County Jail before noon Thursday, county officials said.

Johnson signed a six-year, $36 million contract, including a signing bonus of around $6 million, with the Packers in 2002. He started the first five games last year, then suffered a season-ending torn left triceps in the second half of a win over the Chicago Bears on Oct. 7. He underwent surgery to repair the torn triceps a few days later.

Johnson was present at the Packers' post-draft minicamp, but did not participate in drills.

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