Former Jets running back Bilal Powell is ready to get back on the field.
After undergoing neck surgery in the fall to fix a disc issue which at one point seemed to be career-threatening, Powell has been cleared for a return to football, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Powell said he is "really looking forward to getting back to work," according to Rapoport.
It was believed Powell had suffered a similar injury to the bulging disc Quincy Enunwa had, which caused the receiver to miss the 2017 season. After initially indicating Powell's career could be in jeopardy, then-Jets coach Todd Bowles later clarified that Powell was expected to make a full recovery.
The 30-year-old Powell is a free agent after spending the first eight seasons of his NFL career with the Jets, who took Powell in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
He averaged 4.4 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per catch with Gang Green. In 2016, Powell had a career-best 1,110 yards from scrimmage.
The Jets seem pretty set with their backfield after the big signing of Le'Veon Bell and the addition of Ty Montgomery. Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon are also in the mix, and the competition for the backup running-back job will be one to keep an eye on this spring and summer.