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Rookie Richardson undergoes neck surgery

Jan. 18, 2013
 

Green Bay Packers rookie safety Sean Richardson underwent surgery for a cervical disc herniation this past week in Los Angeles.

Richardson, 22, was one of four undrafted rookies to make the Packersí roster this season but was limited to only five games with four tackles until finally being placed on injured reserve with a back injury on Dec. 1.

The 6-foot-2, 216-pound safety missed the first six weeks of the season after suffering a hamstring pull in the preseason finale against Kansas City, but played 95 snaps on special teams in five games after returning against St. Louis on Oct. 21.

Richardson, who started 31 straight games over his last three seasons at Vanderbilt, also saw 15 snaps on defense in the Packersí 24-20 win over Detroit on Nov. 18.

The surgery was performed by orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins at Marina Del Rey Hospital in Los Angeles. A time frame for recovery was not given, but itís not expected to be a career-ending injury.

A 2010 study by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons found defensive backs tend to be more susceptible to the injury with nearly three of four NFL players who were treated surgically for CDH returning to play.
--Weston Hodkiewicz, Press-Gazette Media

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