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Johnny Jolly cleared by his doctors after neck surgery

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Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly has been waiting for medical clearance to return after January’s neck surgery before he could seriously pursue a job for the 2014 season.

According to his agent, that day has come. Jack Bechta told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that his client has been cleared by his doctors after the C-5/C-6 spinal fusion surgery and is just waiting for calls from interested teams.

Any of those teams will have their own medical evaluation to do before signing Jolly. That group could include the Packers, who haven’t closed the door on Jolly’s return and have set a high bar in the past for players trying to return from similar surgeries. They do have an open roster spot after parting ways with running back Johnathan Franklin as a result of his own serious neck injury.

Assuming teams reach the same conclusions as Jolly’s doctors, he should get a shot at a roster spot somewhere this summer after making eight pre-injury starts for Green Bay last season.

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47 Responses to “Johnny Jolly cleared by his doctors after neck surgery”
  1. vikesr4reel says: Jun 29, 2014 8:31 AM

    Jolly good!!

  2. 15starr says: Jun 29, 2014 8:40 AM

    Jolly is a beast

  3. jjblueflames says: Jun 29, 2014 8:41 AM

    Well that’s jolly good news!

  4. filthymcfunny1 says: Jun 29, 2014 8:42 AM

    The packers have no class,once a player has a kneck injury they slam the door shut!!!

  5. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Jun 29, 2014 8:42 AM


  6. aa1829 says: Jun 29, 2014 9:03 AM

    The Packers gave you another chance after your legal troubles, so give the Packers first shot when you shop yourself around.

  7. hansenbrothers says: Jun 29, 2014 9:07 AM

    Bring him back Packers!!

  8. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 29, 2014 9:11 AM

    Considering what the Packers already added at D-line, I hope they will give Jolly a chance.

    He is a good player in the rotation.

    If it isn’t the Packers, I hope he is signed by a contender.

    He won’t be on the market long.

  9. jimmysee says: Jun 29, 2014 9:13 AM

    Great news for Johnny! Come back to Green Bay. There’s a rotation waiting with your name on it!

  10. alshonbrandontandem says: Jun 29, 2014 9:34 AM

    My question is, can you still sell the purple drank with a broken neck?

    Class act you are, go back to Green Bay

  11. billh1947 says: Jun 29, 2014 9:35 AM

    In the next two weeks if the price is right he will resign with the Packers,TT knows what he can do for the defensive line and if the Packers med staff clear him he will sign him.

  12. whatjusthapped says: Jun 29, 2014 9:39 AM

    His chances with the Packers are slim at best given their very conservative approach to this type of injury. But considering he is older, his best years are behind him and he is looking to make the most money on his last contract, Jolly has a great shot to sign with the Vikings, where ex Packers go to retire while stilling getting paid.

  13. northlandwi says: Jun 29, 2014 9:55 AM

    Good luck Johnny- not sure where your next step will be, but I hope you will relish the second chance at fame and fortune the Packers afforded you whether it be in GB or elsewhere. Packers nation is pulling for you and hoping you are able to take these life lessons to help others

  14. smackingfools says: Jun 29, 2014 9:57 AM

    Johnny Jolly sounds like a good name for Johnny Football.

  15. 700levelvet says: Jun 29, 2014 9:59 AM

    Purple drank

  16. vikingspride says: Jun 29, 2014 10:05 AM

    Always good to here about players who can overcome serious injury. Good for him.

  17. packsoldier says: Jun 29, 2014 10:31 AM

    The Packers are going with a youth movement on the defensive line. Barring an injury bug, Pickett and Jolly won’t be back.

  18. jkindler429 says: Jun 29, 2014 11:15 AM

    Jolly owes the Pack first crack, for taking and giving him a second chance.

  19. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 29, 2014 11:28 AM

    Wow. Cervical vertebrae? That’s a really scary procedure.

  20. f1restarter says: Jun 29, 2014 11:30 AM

    Well, if the Packers don’t want JJ, there’ll always be a spot for him on the cellar-dwelling Minnesota Vikings. Heck, he’ll immediately become their best defensive lineman.

  21. socalraider909 says: Jun 29, 2014 11:34 AM

    wouldn’t mind seeing him in Black and Silver

  22. ariani1985 says: Jun 29, 2014 12:22 PM

    Come back and join the roster of garbage!

  23. purpleguy says: Jun 29, 2014 12:32 PM

    Good for him, hope he can find a team.

  24. gbp4ever says: Jun 29, 2014 12:39 PM

    Come back and join the roster of garbage!

    So he should go and sign with the Vikings like every washed up former Packer does?

  25. dgt178 says: Jun 29, 2014 1:06 PM

    ….if he defects to the purple pukes……he’s dead to me…….

  26. purplestandsforlastplace says: Jun 29, 2014 1:15 PM

    Good luck johnny…..

    I notice all the classless vikings fans come here to show their intelligence level.
    Well i guess since your team sucks at football so bad that THIS is as close as you will get to ever beating green bay.And you are losing here on top of that.
    It must blow to have your hopes up every year thinking you might even go .500 this year only to have your dreams smashed year after year after year.There really is no reason for the queens to be in the nfl as they can’t compete.

    Minnesota Vikings Franchise Encyclopedia

    Regular Season Record (all-time) : 431-365-10
    Playoff Record (all-time) : 19-27 (Last appearance after 2012 season)
    Super Bowls Won: 0 out of 4 appearances
    Championships Won*: 0

    Green Bay Packers Franchise Encyclopedia

    Regular Season Record (all-time) : 698-537-37
    Playoff Record (all-time) : 30-19 (Last appearance after 2013 season)
    Super Bowls Won: 4 out of 5 appearances
    Championships Won*: 13

    This pretty much says it all.

  27. leatherface2012 says: Jun 29, 2014 1:57 PM

    13 championships the first 3 were based on standings only. didnt play a championship game. have had 3 super bowl appearances in the last 46 years going 2-1. both teams regular season win percentage is right around 55%

  28. trapshoot says: Jun 29, 2014 2:00 PM

    Green Bay oughta grab him – again!

  29. leatherface2012 says: Jun 29, 2014 2:09 PM

    isnt he over 250lbs? too fat to play receiver anyway.

  30. leatherface2012 says: Jun 29, 2014 2:15 PM

    so this guy commits a crime, pays no consequence and just goes on happily ever after.

  31. linemanguy74 says: Jun 29, 2014 2:22 PM

    Packers with all these neck problems, is it because they have their head in the wrong place ??

  32. quicktaker says: Jun 29, 2014 3:18 PM

    What kind of absurd doctor approves a player to play defensive tackle after having their spine fused?

  33. Paul M. says: Jun 29, 2014 3:36 PM

    Every Packer story turns into a Viking thread. Must suck to be a Packer fan.

  34. cheeseisfattening says: Jun 29, 2014 3:57 PM

    When they talk about no doors being closed in Green Bay they are talking about refrigerator doors all over Green Bay.

  35. universalchurchoftruth says: Jun 29, 2014 4:00 PM

    I guess it is back to Green Bay for some more purple drank for Jolly

  36. ariani1985 says: Jun 29, 2014 5:17 PM

    Packers are pulled over on a daily basis but the cops turn their heads the other way! Sometimes players that are less known are forced to pay in cash, Pabst, or moose meat!

  37. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 29, 2014 5:20 PM

    Chicago Bears Franchise Encyclopedia

    9 NFL Championships

    4 Conference Championships

    18 Divisional Championships

    All-time regular season record (1920–2013)
    730 – 534 – 42 .575


    Bears wins 93
    Packers Wins 89
    Ties 6

    Got to respect the oldest and BEST rivalry in sports!

  38. stellarperformance says: Jun 29, 2014 6:40 PM

    It’s a shame he got injured. He was a focused, grateful, force to be reckoned with.

  39. skolnolombardilovers says: Jun 29, 2014 7:23 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Jun 29, 2014 1:57 PM
    13 championships the first 3 were based on standings only. didnt play a championship game. have had 3 super bowl appearances in the last 46 years going 2-1. both teams regular season win percentage is right around 55%

    Typical Viking troll
    Conviently leaves out Superbowl 1&2 and yes that is what they are called despite thta it was the AFL-NFL Championship game

    Vikings Never won a Superbowl and the only Championship they won was negated by their loss to the Chiefs

    So no Championships in 54 years of existence
    and no SB appearances since SB 11 wow way to open your mouth and proving your ignorance

    Johnny you overcame your addiction and made it back to the NFL Hopefully you are healthy enough to continue and Hopefully with the Packers

  40. purp1eone says: Jun 29, 2014 7:51 PM

    Of course Jolly will go back to the packers, they need a dealer after all that yoga they are doing.

  41. mzew233 says: Jun 29, 2014 10:17 PM

    Get a new name please

  42. longtimefanhtr says: Jun 30, 2014 10:55 AM

    A lot of things have changed in the NFL over the years. Rules, number of teams, and athletes themselves. That doesn’t invalidate the accomplishments in a prior era.

    But history does tell us the Vikings have never won a Championship.

    Oh, and Jolly I hope you come back to the Packers.

  43. 4gone says: Jun 30, 2014 11:08 AM

    Really liked him as a player – seems like he knocked down at least one pass per game. Just had a knack for it and perfect timing. He will provide some help for somebody this year but not the Pack as Ted doesn’t do old or neck injuries. Thanks for your effort – Best of luck at your next stop.

  44. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jun 30, 2014 1:35 PM

    Ho ho ho!!!

  45. axespray says: Jun 30, 2014 3:00 PM

    Mike Daniels looking like a starter, Raji moved back to nose tackle, it’d be awesome to have Jolly back.

    That trio in base 3-4 Defense would be awesome, three big athletic dudes that can bring pressure.

  46. revelation123 says: Jun 30, 2014 5:18 PM

    I hope they can find a spot for him on this team. The Packers are so ultra-deep with talent right now though that it’ll probably be tough finding a spot for him.

  47. oggreengold says: Jul 5, 2014 9:30 AM

    Ted needs to bring this man back! His skills are still amazing and he brings that extra dimension that is lacking from this packers team. The defense, a top 5 at the time, completely changed when Jolly was injured. HIRE THIS MAN!

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