Safety Sean Richardson's prognosis for playing for the Green Bay Packers next season is excellent following recent surgery on his neck, an NFL source said.

Richardson spent the final five games of the season on injured reserve because of the injury and then had surgery performed by spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in California on Jan. 19.

The source would not comment on the specifics of the surgery but said the Packers expect Richardson to play next season and probably be ready to practice by the start of training camp.