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Packers Safety Sean Richardson Reportedly Cleared to Return

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Packers Safety Sean Richardson Reportedly Cleared to Return

From Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Twitter:


It's hard to say what's keeping the Packers from allowing Richardson to return to practice, except that they have time on their side. The Green Bay safety had fusion surgery on his neck after his season ended a year ago.

The Packers have a five-week window that opened last week (Oct. 16 being the first day of practice that week) for Richardson to begin practicing.

Once Richardson begins practicing, a separate three-week window opens in which they must either activate him, place him on injured reserve or cut him.

The Packers would have to clear room on their 53-man roster in order to elevate Richardson, should they choose to do so.


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Longshanks's picture

Wow!! Wow!! Wow!! This is certainly an unexpected suprise and a great one at that. I was not expecting this guy to ever play again. He could also factor into our defense upgrading our safety position since McMillion has been having an awful second year so far. This guy is big and the fact 5 out of 5 doctors cleared him tells me he can just play without worrying about getting hurt. I'm hoping for the best for this guy.

Derek in CO's picture

I always wanted to see what Richardson can do. Hopefully he can play without worry. Jerron McMillian, you just got put on notice.

aussiepacker's picture

What do you reckon are the chances he makes the 53? he seems to have been out for ages. From memory he was a very solid tackler and special teams player.

Drealyn Williams's picture

That's sounds like McMillian. I don't remember much about Richardson either,but if he can roam and play good in space (unlike #22) he'd be an instant upgrade. I hope we can find out. I like the measurable.

JJB's picture

I love it. This kid can play. Keep Banjo and Richardson and get rid of McMillan and Jennings

hayward4president's picture

I lika da Banjo.

Longshanks's picture

What's better than one banjo? How about two dueling banjo's!! Oh, yeah, it's Richardson vs. McMillian. What more could you ask for. May the best banjo player win!!

hayward4president's picture

Haha did I seriously just click on that.

I bleed Green More's picture

I would say a certain player is on notice, we all know who that is too.

Stroh's picture

He's been on notice. He got his role as the dime back was taken by Hyde last week. He won't be released IMO, but next year he better take a step up or he'll be released. They'll give him at least that chance to earn a roster spot.

Norman's picture

Wow, 5 out of 5 doctors agreed? They can't even get 5 out of 5 dentists to recommend sugarless gum for their patients who chew gum, so I take this as a medical miracle!

I'm guessing the Packers would like to stagger their PUP returnees a bit, so that any activations and corresponding roster moves (cuts or moves to IR) can factor in any future injuries. That said, Safety is sure one position we could use some help with. As much as I like him, it would be nice if we could trade CJ Wilson to a D-lineman needy team for a mid- or late-round pick if we need to free up a roster spot. When is the trade deadline?

larry valdes's picture

It will be richarson for bush

hayward4president's picture

Ok so this guy all of the sudden is cleared to play after ...what a broken neck?..and we think he's just gonna jump over all these guys with experience? Whooaaaaa now ...whoa.

Stroh's picture

Not a broken neck or no one would let him play.

Stroh's picture

I agree tho... I don't see Richardson beating anyone out right now. He'll be lucky to get on the roster this season. Most likely they IR him and give him a good look next year.

TheWiscoKid's picture

If they do put him on IR, (and its true that all his doctors have cleared him) then it's ONLY because of the J-Mike neck injury and the media storm surrounding that. This defense has been pining for a SS the kind of measurables this kid has. I bet our pass defense gets better in small part due to him being an enforcer (or at least having the potential to) Can he REALLY be that much worse than Jennings and McMillan?! REALLY?!?!

Stroh's picture

Richardson is as far from ready to start as McMillan. He never played a deep safety position in college either. He was used like an extra LB at Vandy. He was a box Safety almost exclusively. How is he going to be ready to contribute as the kind of Safety the Packers want? Capers wants his Safeties to be interchangeable so as to be able to disguise his coverage's. What they want and need is another Safety that is more like Burnett, who was technically the SS when he and Collins were able to play together.

Richardson is a terrific athlete like McMillan and has a physicality to him but he is not ready to play in coverage any more than McMillan has been, especially w/ missing all this time due to the injury.

He could be a valuable ST contributor, again this year if he gets on the roster, but isn't ready in coverage which is McMillans Achilles heal also.

hump's picture

OH KUDOS CHEESEHEAD TV BRETHREN!!!!! for finally realizing what ive been preachin since free agency and the draft last spring! jennings and mcmillian gotta go!!! then we will have ONE FINE DEFENSE!! i do agree sean r prbly wont play this year,but damn... that kid looks like a young steve atwater(doesnt mean he can play like him)but as stated,he has got to be better than those 2 clowns!! kudos also to (ONE DOM CAPERS) for at least putting hyde in for mcmillian on the dime pkg and also starting to lean towards banjo over jennings!! if this defense gets healthy,it can be VERY SPECIAL!!!!

hump's picture

agreed stroh,who knows if he will ever be a starting caliber safety,but boy,he looks the part.also agree that morgans mate should be interchangeable,which is why i advocate hyde as a strong possibility, he's solid in coverage,great instincts,willing tackler,and decent speed for safety, pretty much everything jennings isnt.

hayward4president's picture

I think you haven't seen a lot of our recent addition at safety Hump ...his name is Chris Banjo and he cracks heads.

hump's picture

agreed,banjo looks pretty sharp,but weve only seen sample size,guy can hit and he sure seems to be fairly tight in coverage. keeping fingers crossed

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