The Green Bay Packers reportedly got dealt another injury blow on Friday. The Journal Sentinel is reporting that safety Sean Richardson has a neck injury that will likely end his season and possibly his career.
The injury is said to be similar to the one Richardson suffered in 2012. That injury — a herniated disk — required spinal fusion surgery and cost Richardson almost a full year.
This latest herniation is said to be below the original fusion.
Richardson practiced on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday, when the injury was apparently discovered. He was ruled out for Sunday’s game, on Friday.
The Packers have been extremely cautious with neck injuries and considering this is Richardson’s second, that puts his future in serious doubt.
In recent seasons, the Packers refused to clear tight end Jermichael Finley and safety Nick Collins when they had similar, but higher spinal injuries.
Although Richardson is known primarily as a special teams standout, the Packers have also been working him in on defense of late. So, in the immediate future, they find themselves awfully thin at safety.
Morgan Burnett has played in only one game this season and is questionable for Sunday. It looks as if he won’t play again, leaving the Packers with just Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Micah Hyde and Chris Banjo at the back end of their defense.
We’ll cross our fingers this week, but expect the Packers to make a roster move next week.
Unfuckingreal, what the hell is it with talented young Packers players and neck injuries? After the first fusion, risk for injury lower down the line increases, I imagine it’s the same if not greater for the second occurrence. I highly doubt he will ever play professional football again, especially for the Packers. Feel just awful for the guy, at least he got paid this year.
Well fuck me, Colleen Wolfe
Damn. I like the guy. He hits like a truck. Damn fast and strong. We’ll miss ya.
One would think that is a career ender for Sean Richardson. 2nd neck injury? Can’t mess around with that. He was lucky enough to come back from the first one as it was.
Good luck to him and his future endeavors. At least his come back allowed him to make some more money.
The Packers should be fine. Burnett will be back after the bye, at the latest. That means you have two games max without him. You have a guy playing corner right now in Demarious Randall who played safety in college. So, that is an option. Randall has done well on the outside, but you have Rollins, Gunter and Goodson behind him, ready to play.
Terrible news, this guy is the hardest hitter on our team. Now I think we will be seeing Hyde line up as the second deep safety and have Him in the box on cover one and blitzing plays. Maybe we will be seeing Rollins more this week?
Sad. Wonder what this team would look like today if Nick Collins, Finley and even Jonathan Franklin would have never got hurt. Best wishes and full recovery
Sir Charles comes to mind….