According to a report, former Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly has gotten medical clearance to resume his NFL career after undergoing fusion surgery on his neck in January.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that Jolly’s agent, Jack Bechta, is telling people that his client has been cleared by his own doctors.
Jolly had a procedure to fuse the C-5 and C-6 vertebrae in January after he was sidelined in December by a bulging disc in his C-5 vertebra.
He was hurt in a Week 15 win at Dallas. He played in 13 games last season, starting eight—his first year back after spending three years serving an NFL suspension as well as spending six months in jail and a court-ordered rehabilitation program following two arrests for possession of codeine.
Jolly played four years with the Packers, 2006-09, before his legal troubles sidetracked his career.
Last season he had one sack and 21 tackles. In five seasons, Jolly has recorded three sacks and 134 tackles, as well as one interception and one forced fumble.
The Packers haven’t ruled out bringing Jolly back, but are preparing to move on without veterans Jolly and Ryan Pickett, neither of whom was re-signed this spring.