Arrest could keep Jolly from training camp

Defensive tackle faces travel restrictions stemming from July 8 arrest, Packer Report has learned.

Twenty years in prison.

That's what defensive tackle Johnny Jolly faces if convicted of drug charges stemming from his July 8 arrest in Houston.

By now, you might know the details.

He was arrested outside a Houston bar that, reportedly, is notorious for drugs and weapons problems. Police approached Jolly's vehicle early July 8, and when they entered, they smelled codeine and found a couple of cups of the opiate-based drug inside. Jolly was charged for having between 200 and 400 grams of codeine. Another person with Jolly was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon, and another for possession of marijuana.

Before the draft, Packers general manager Ted Thompson gambled on Jolly, who was perhaps Green Bay's second-best defensive tackle last season until a season-ending shoulder injury. Rather than open the vault for Corey Williams, Thompson traded Williams to Cleveland before the draft.

That put the onus on Jolly — who came to training camp out of shape last summer — to come to camp in physically and mentally ready to go. Especially with the jury out on last year's first-round pick, Justin Harrell.

Instead, Jolly's season is in jeopardy.

Jolly's initial court appearance in front of Harris County (Texas) Judge Mike Anderson is July 22. As part of Jolly's bond, Assistant District Attorney and department spokeswoman Donna Hawkins told Packer Report on Wednesday, Jolly has to report once a week for drug testing.

Thus, Hawkins said, Jolly's attorney, Brian Overstreet, will have to approach Anderson to get Jolly's bond amended to allow Jolly to report to training camp on July 28.

Assuming Jolly doesn't plead guilty in hopes of getting only probation, a grand jury has 90 days from July 8 to determine whether there is enough evidence for the prosecution to move forward with a trial.

Overstreet did not immediately respond to a request for an interview.

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