Johnny Jolly cleared by doctors following neck surgery

Defensive lineman is a free agent Aaron Wilson

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Veteran defensive tackle Johnny Jolly has gained medical clearance after undergoiing neck surgery in January.

He had spinal fusion surgery on Jan. 10.

A free agent, Jolly is awaiting a call from teams to return to the NFL.


Jolly's outlook is positive and is expected to play this season.

"Johnny is doing great," said Jolly's agent, Jack Bechta, a founder of National Football Post, following the surgery. "He's not symptomatic and expects to play a minimum of three more years .There are over 16 players in the league playing with this particular single-leve fusion, which is the most common procedure for cervical issues."

Jolly made it back to the NFL last season in an incredible comeback story. This followed Jolly serving jail time and a three-year suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy stemming from an addiction to codeine.

Jolly, 31, ended last season on injured reserve after helping bolster the Packers' run defense.

"Johnny's potential new team and contract situation will be fluid as he heals," Bechta said. "But I think everybody would love to see his wonderful story continue in Lambeau."

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