The question from a Houston police officer was pretty simple on July 8, 2008, "What are you doing with all that cough syrup?". Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly was pulled over on that day in his hometown with cups full of codeine laced cough syrup in his car. There was over 200 grams of the prescription medicine and Jolly was charged with posession. A grand jury indicted the 26 year old in October of last year but the charges were dropped. Jolly thought that was the end of it but prosecutors in Harris County, Texas re-opened the investigation and yesterday, a second grand jury returned a new indictment. Jolly has maintained his innocence, claiming the cups of cough medication were not his. Police say the cough medicine with codeine is often mixed with carbonated soda to create a mind altering drug with street names of "purple drank", "Lean" or "sizzurp". If convicted of the drug possesion charge, Jolly faces a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison. As a first time offender, he could get probation. This case is not expected to impact Jolly's playing status with the Packers. While he will probably have to surrender to authorities in Houston, he will be allowed to post bond and await further proceedings, likely to be scheduled early next year. The case will then be either tried or plea bargained toward a resolution.
The Packers have promoted wide receiver Patrick Williams off the practice squad to take the place of Biren Early who was released on Monday. Williams is a 6-1, 204 pound undrafted rookie from Colorado who was originally signed by the Packers last May. He was cut in camp and has spent the last seven weeks on the practice squad.
The NFL has released the first playoff senario with three weeks left to go. The Packers can clinch an NFC Wild Card spot with a win against the Steelers in Pittsburgh Sunday, along with a loss by the Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saturday night. The would also clinch with a win and a loss or tie by the New York Giants who play at Washington Monday night. The Packers could also clinch a playoff spot with a tie against the Steelers coupled with a Giants loss.