Silverstein adds that Richardson’s neck injury could actually bring his NFL career to an end, given that he sustained a similar injury back in 2012 that required fusion surgery of the C-5 and C-6 vertebrae.
As of now, it remains unclear if the Packers will place Richardson on season-ending injured reserve right away or have him seek a second opinion before making a decision.
It’s worth mentioning that the Packers have been very conservative with neck injuries in the past, which prevented them from clearing S Nick Collins and TE Jermichael Finley after they had fusion surgeries of their own. However, Richardson’s injury occurred further down in his spinal chord, and was deemed to be less of a concern long term.
Richardson, 25, re-signed with the Packers back in March after Green Bay elected to match the Raiders’ restricted offer of one-year, $2.55 million.
This season, Richardson has appeared in three games and recorded four tackles for the Packers.