GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers have had a plan in place to replace defensive lineman Johnny Jolly since before he was suspended for at least a season under the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Perhaps anticipating that Jolly was in line to miss a significant amount of time, the Packers moved former nose tackle Ryan Pickett to defensive end in the offseason. He's expected to pair with Cullen Jenkins at end in Dom Capers' 3-4 scheme while one of last year's first-round picks, B.J. Raji, takes over as the primary nose tackle.
The Packers also have a handful of young players and former first-round pick Justin Harrell, who might finally be healthy after a disheartening series of injuries.
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