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Johnny Jolly says he feels great, and it's a blessing to have a second chance. The veteran defensive end practiced with his Green Bay Packer teammates Tuesday for the first time since the end of the 2009 season.


The NFL suspended him for three years after a series of drug arrests in his home area of Houston.

Jolly says he has not taken codeine in 19 months. He just recently completed court-ordered addiction treatment, after spending time in prison for his offenses.

Packers Coach Mike McCarthy says he won't evaluate Jolly's football condition after just one day. For now at least, the coach says he's just happy that Jolly is at the Packers' mini-camp.

In McCarthy's words, "Our locker room is ready to embrace him and make sure that he has the support he needs - not football-wise, the football part I'm not really worried about."

Finley has bulked up

Packers' tight end Jermichael Finley has bulked himself up during the off-season. He won't say how much weight he gained, but he says he's feeling good and is moving "fast and physical."

Finley is in the final year of a contract that's paying him $8.25 million this season. Coach Mike McCarthy says Finley looks excellent. He's at a playing weight where he used to be, and he's showing more strength and confidence.

The Packers are entering the second day of their mini-camp. They are the first mandatory practices for players this off-season.

Cedarburg wins Division 1 golf title

Cedarburg won the Division 1 boys state high school golf championship Tuesday in Verona. Cedarburg had a 36-hole score of 598, finishing 17 strokes ahead of second-place Brookfield Central.

R.J. Budd of Sauk Prairie won the individual crown by three strokes over Eddie Wajda of Brookfield Central and P.J. Clemins of Cedarburg.

In Division 2, Waukesha Catholic Memorial defeated Edgerton by 11 strokes to win the team title. Andrew Morris of Edgerton took the individual gold by five strokes over Graham Westley of River Valley.

Osseo-Fairchild won the Division 3 championship by 10 strokes over Lancaster. Jake Rogness of Eleva-Strum was the medalist with a one-stroke win over Brady Ohlin of Pardeeville and Joe Markgren of Osseo-Fairchild.

UW-Milwaukee basketball player gets tryout with Chiefs

UW-Milwaukee basketball senior Demetrius Harris is getting an audition in the pros this summer - in football.

Harris has spent the last month with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs as a candidate at tight end. The Chiefs' new coach, Andy Reid, says Harris has worked hard to make the transition to football. He has become a favorite passing target by the quarterbacks during Kansas City's off-season practices.

The 6-7 Harris averaged 10 points and five rebounds as a senior at Milwaukee. But Coach Rob Jeter said that when he recruited Harris, he thought he had the hands and strength of a football player. So Jeter, the son of Packers All-Pro defensive back Bob Jeter, used his football connections to help Harris get a foot in the door as an undrafted free agent.

Reid says Harris is getting better every day and has worked extremely hard.