We've spent some time discussing the internal talent influx the Green Bay Packers will realize this offseason from a 15-man injured reserve list. A 16th player could also return to the fold.
According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, defensive end Johnny Jolly is applying for reinstatement to the NFL following a yearlong suspension for violating the NFL's policy and program for substance abuse. (Last summer, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" described Jolly's role in transporting a drug known as "Purple Drank.")
If reinstated, Jolly would already be under contract for the 2011 season because he signed his 2010 restricted free-agent tender. It's hard to know exactly what shape and mindset any player will return from after a year away from the game. But Jolly was arguably the Packers' best defensive lineman in 2009 and could help mitigate the expected departure of pending free agent Cullen Jenkins.
It's not clear when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will rule on Jolly's status, but agent Brian Overstreet told the Press-Gazette that the Packers have indicated they would take Jolly back if and when Goodell lifts his suspension. Overstreet: "They've been very supportive of him this whole ride. So I'd be surprised if that didn't happen. But you know, Johnny realizes that he has some responsibilities in this and to make sure that he does that. But they've been nothing but supportive of Johnny his entire career, even with this."