Recently injured Cleveland Browns punter Richmond McGee underwent successful back surgery, a source close to the situation tells WFNY.
McGee, injured during pre-game warm-ups during the team’s Opening Day contest against the Cincinnati Bengals, had his herniated disc operated on by Dr. Robert Watkins at Marina Del Rey hospital in California – Watkins is most recently known for his work on the neck of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
Following his injury and subsequent highly criticized performance in the loss to the Bengals, McGee was placed on Injured Reserve with the team signing punter Brad Maynard. Maynard would be the team’s third punter this season as Reggie Hodges experienced a torn Achilles tendon during preseason training camp.
Prior to being injured, McGee was among the top six in the NFL’s preseason on a yards-per-punt basis. Per the source, McGee is anticipated to return to Cleveland early this week, as soon as Monday, where he will rehabilitate his back and hope to find a future within the NFL as he is on a one-year contract with the Browns and all hopes are for a full recovery.