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Packers Daily Links: Jolly Still Absent from OTAs in Green Bay

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Packers Daily Links: Jolly Still Absent from OTAs in Green Bay

Despite graduating from a drug rehabilitation program in Houston last week, formerly suspended Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly has still not returned to practice with the Green Bay Packers. "Jolly, 30, tweeted after his graduation from the program that he would be back in Green Bay on Tuesday," writes Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "But Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Jolly continues to work through the process of returning to the team." Jolly was absent from Tuesday's OTA practice in Green Bay, and there's been no timetable made public for his return. I could speculate that Jolly still has hurdles to clear from a probation standpoint, but that's merely guesswork on my part.

More on Johnny Jolly comes from the Wisconsin State Journal, Associated Press,, and JSOnline.

Tight end Andrew Quarless received some attention after an impressive practice Tuesday at Packers OTAs. "More than 17 months removed from (knee) surgery, Quarless resembled a player who could help the Packers offense this season," writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Coach Mike McCarthy says this is the best shape Quarless has been in since Green Bay drafted the tight end in 2010, saying he is 'fully past his injury.' The Packers lost their No.1 target, their all-time leading receiver and didn't select a wide receiver or tight end earlier than the seventh round in the NFL draft." Quarless perhaps represents the player most capable of being a well-rounded blocking and receiving tight end on the Packers roster, but he still has a long way to go to prove himself coming off of surgery.

More on Andrew Quarless comes from Fox Sports Wisconsin, JSOnline,, the Packers official website and Packer Report.

Defensive lineman B.J. Raji addressed his contract situation on Tuesday for the first time since the extensions given to quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews during the offseason. Although he wouldn't go into great detail, Raji did say (as quoted at JSOnline), "Green Bay gave me my first opportunity, my first shot at this thing. Obviously I've had a great run here. I love the people here. It's a great organization, it's a great city for football. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else." Raji will be a free agent following the 2013 season, but where he is on the team's priority list is unknown. Other players in line for contract extensions of their own are cornerback Sam Shields, safety Morgan Burnett and wide receiver James Jones.

More on B.J. Raji comes from Fox Sports Wisconsin, and Green Bay Press-Gazette.

There's reportedly been an increased emphasis on forcing fumbles during practice during OTAs in Green Bay. "Every running play ended with a convergence of defensive players ripping at the ball tucked under the running back’s arm," writes Vic Ketchman of the Packers official website. "On one occasion, the effort was successful at ripping the ball from Alex Green's grasp." During his post-practice press conference, head coach Mike McCarthy addressed the Packers' deficiencies in forcing fumbles the past few seasons, in which the Packers have been among the worst in the NFL.

More on forcing fumbles comes from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, JSOnline and

Mike Neal continued to practice at outside linebacker as noted by the Press-Gazette, and

This week's Packer Plus has articles on Nick Perry, the re-shuffled offensive line, the team's toughness, a column on backup quarterbacks and an article on former Packer Al Matthews.

Items on linebacker Desmond Bishop and the new date for the NFL Draft appear at

The practice environment at OTAs is summed up at and Fox 11.

An in-depth read on cornerback Casey Hayward appears at

The safety position gets some attention over at Packerpedia.

A breakdown of the tight ends in general and Jermichael Finley in specific comes from Lombardi Ave.

The Atlanta Falcons are called the Packers' most important opponent of 2013 over at

Video: The crew at the Press-Gazette takes a look at Tuesday's Packers practice...

Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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Evan's picture

Jolly also tweeted yesterday: "[email protected]
Ill be back soon had to take care of a lil Business."

redlights's picture

I'm not sure I want to know what "business" he's taking care of. Best of luck, though.

packsmack25's picture

Quarless is healthy. Let's hope Sherrod and Bishop follow suit.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Focusing on stripping the ball is great, as long as it doesn't lead to missed tackles. I've seen that movie before.. not a fan.

Evan's picture

See: Woodson, Charles.

ben's picture

Raji, Sam Shields, Morgan Burnett, finley and James Jones up for contract extensions? only extend burnett for now and maybe shields later, & jones at a discount

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