Packers' Sean Richardson to undergo back surgery

1/10/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Green Bay Packers safety Sean Richardson opted for a more permanent solution to his back issues on that sprung up in the last few weeks of the regular season. The Green Bay Packers announced on Thursday that Sean Richardson will undergo back surgery next week to repair a herniated disk. Sean Richardson is hoping he will be able to return in time for training camp next season.
The Green Bay Packers rookie Sean Richardson initially sustained the back injury while he covered the opening kickoff in the 25th November loss the New York Giants. The Green Bay Packers had Sean Richardson listed as questionable up to Week 13, but eventually decided to make good use of the roster spot by placing Richardson on the season-ending injured reserve on 1st December.
The 22-year-old Sean Richardson will travel to Los Angeles to have renowned orthopedic spine surgeon Robert Watkins perform the surgery on Tuesday.
"It was very disappointing for Sean's season to end so suddenly," stated Sean Richardson's agent, Brian Parker. "But Sean's attitude has been great and he will recover and be back to playing at a high level."
Brian Parker added there is no specific schedule for Sean Richardson’s return or resumption to normal football activity, he was aiming to return by the start of training camp. Although, Sean Richardson could have opted for surgery sooner, considering his long vacation on the injured reserve, the surgery was postponed to let the swelling in the area subside. Physical therapy also helped Sean Richardson to speed up the process.
The Green Bay Packers signed Sean Richardson this season as an undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt. Sean Richardson firmly planted his feet for a spot on the team with an outstanding special teams plays during training camp. The 6-2, 218-pound Sean Richardson stood out for his physicality and would have been a regular on the special teams but he missed the initial six games of the season with a strained hamstring.
Upon his return, Sean Richardson immediately earned his spot back on the special teams the same week. For the next five games (leading up to his back injury), Sean Richardson took 91 of possible 143 special teams snaps, while tallying four tackles during that period.
Sean Richardson also played at safety during the Green Bay Packers’ road win against the Detroit Lions on 18th November.
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