Richardson to miss league meetings for shoulder surgery

AP

When the NFL’s owners gather in Florida this week for the league’s annual meetings, the man who owns the defending NFC champions won’t be in attendance.

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson will miss the three-day sessions to have shoulder surgery. He last missed the meetings in 2009, after undergoing heart transplant surgery.

The Panthers will be represented at the meetings by team president Danny Morrison.

If the shoulder procedure could have been scheduled at any time, it’s not much of a surprise Richardson scheduled it for this week. He emerged from the January get-together on the short end of the Los Angeles vote, with his preferred alternative of the Chargers and Raiders in Carson soundly defeated by the membership, even though the committee Richardson essentially ran voted 5-1 to choose Carson over the Rams and Inglewood.

“I think it took a little steam out of him for a while,” Giants co-owner John Mara told the Charlotte Observer at the time. “He spent an enormous amount of time on that committee.”