Sean Richardson (neck) has been cleared for on-field, non-contact workouts, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The 2015 season came to an abrupt close for Richardson, who sustained the second herniated disc of his career and subsequently underwent cervical spinal fusion. Receiving clearance to work on the field -- sans contact, of course -- is an encouraging sign in the special teamer's quest to return to the NFL. However, his former employer, the Packers, has been stingy in the past with players boasting neck concerns -- see Jermichael Finley and Nick Collins -- so it's unclear if Richardson will ever achieve his ultimate goal.
Sean Richardson (neck) intends to continue his NFL career, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "Why quit if I'm healthy?" he said this week. "My thing is I still have love for the game, I still want to play and I feel healthy. I told my family if my neck gives me problems, I was going to hang it up. But if I felt normal...then I'm going to give it a shot."
Richardson has been afflicted with neck issues throughout his four-year career, including herniated discs that brought both his rookie campaign and 2015 season to an abbreviated end. During his sole healthy campaign in 2014, he developed into a key cog of the Green Bay Packers ' special-teams unit, picking up an offer sheet from the Raiders last offseason that the Packers ultimately matched. He'll have to pass a physical in order to prove his health, but another one-year deal is likely the best he can expect considering his checkered medical chart.
Green Bay Packers safety Sean Richardson has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.
This move shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering Richardson was expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering his second herniated disk of his career. The Packers have been ultra-safe with neck injuries in years past.
Green Bay Packers safety Sean Richardson has a herniated disk in his neck and is expected to miss the rest of the season, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The injury is reportedly similar to the one Richardson suffered in 2012 that required neck fusion surgery. Given that the team has been very conservative with neck injuries - they refused to clear Nick Collins or Jermichael Finely in recent years - it's reasonable to wonder if this latest injury could jeopardize Richardson's career.
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