Johnny Jolly 'doing great' after neck surgery

Packers free agent defensive lineman had surgery on January 10, recovering well Aaron Wilson

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Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly underwent sucessful single-fusion neck surgery Jannuary 10 to address a bulging disc in his neck between the C-5 and C-6 vertebrae in January, according to his agent, Jack Bechta.

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

Jolly could potentially be cleared medically before the free agency signing period in March.

"Johnny is doing great," said Bechta, a founder of National Football Post. "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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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

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