It’s been nearly three weeks since Johnny Jolly applied for reinstatement, and if Commissioner Roger Goodell decides to allow the veteran defensive lineman back into the league, an announcement is likely to be made before the end of the month.
Based on what’s happened in the past, if there’s no news by the start of training camp, the odds are that Jolly won’t be reinstated for the 2012 season. Both Adam “Pacman” Jones and Mike Vick were reinstated prior to the start of training camp. That only seems fair when dealing with a player who hasn’t been on the field for a lengthy period of time. Jolly will need a full summer to get back into anything resembling football shape. Reinstating him any later would all but guarantee a third consecutive season out of the NFL for the former Texas A&M star.
If Jolly is allowed back into the league, there’s a pretty good chance his reinstatement will be on a conditional basis at first. Like Jones and Vick, he’ll have to prove to Goodell that he’s a changed man. If he does, he’ll be granted full reinstatement. That could come before the start of the season or after Jolly serves a suspension. Vick, who also spent time in jail, sat out two games in 2009.