Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that free agent S Sean Richardson was cleared Wednesday by Dr Robert Watkins for on-field, non-contact activities after he underwent cervical spinal fusion.
- According to Rapoport Richardson is determined to play again and Dr. Watkins believes he’ll need two months to be 100 percent healthy.
- Rapoport adds that NFL teams are currently monitoring him and his recovery.
There was some question as to whether Richardson would be able to ever play in the NFL again, given that he sustained a similar injury back in 2012 that also required fusion surgery of the C-5 and C-6 vertebrae.
Richardson, 26, wound up signing on with the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt back in 2012. Last year, the Raiders signed him to a one-year, $2.55 million tender as a restricted free agent, but the Packers elected to match the offer.
In 2015, Richardson appeared in three games for the Packers and recorded four tackles while contributing on special teams. Green Bay ultimately placed him on season-ending injured reserve in October after he sustained the herniated disk in his neck.