Johnny Jolly done for the season with a neck injury

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel,  Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly is done for the season with a bulging disc in his neck.

According to a source familiar with the injury, Jolly has a bulging disc at the C-5 vertebra, and the medical staff is waiting for the swelling to go down before making an assessment on whether surgery will be necessary.

Surgery wouldn’t necessarily end his career and even if he needs a fusion, he could be back next season. Jolly, 30, is an unrestricted free agent, so the Packers will have to make a decision whether to re-sign him based on his recovery.

The Packers admit they’re going to miss Jolly being on the field.

“It hurts that he’s not being able to play, but he’ll bounce back,” Ryan Pickett said. “We believe he’ll bounce back. If anyone can fight through anything, it’s Jolly. His spirits are good.

“He’s been a leader out there. He’s been playing great. He’s been a whole lot. We’re going to miss him out there for sure.”

Jolly finished the season with 21 tackles and 1 sack.

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