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Report: Jolly's season is over after injury

Johnny Jolly. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Report: Jolly's season is over after injury

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Dec 19, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec 19, 2013

According to a report, Johnny Jolly will miss the remainder of the 2013 season after a neck injury.

The Packers defensive tackle was injured in the win over Atlanta on Dec. 8th.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported late Thursday night that Jolly has a bulging disk in his C-5 vertebra.

According to the report, Jolly may be able to return to football even if he has surgery.  He is a free agent at the end of this season.

The first hint of him missing the season came from a report from the National Football Post.

"Jolly has undergone a magnetic resonance imaging exam on his neck. He's expected to make a full recovery for next season, but this injury could force him to go on injured reserve to err on the side of caution," said Aaron Wilson, who writes for the publication.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy then confirmed Jolly will not play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, per the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Mike Vandermause.

Jolly's story of a comeback from a prison sentence and addiction has inspired much of the football world this year.