Indianapolis Colts’ rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson underwent successful shoulder surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to team owner Jim Irsay.
URGENT NFL/COLTS NEWS:— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 25, 2023
#5 QB Anthony Richardson’s surgery today in LA was a success! It was a long procedure and his shoulder injury has been repaired. No new surprises were found during surgery - they just repaired what was expected. Anthony is doing well and thanks everyone…
‘It was a long procedure, and his shoulder injury has been repaired,’ Irsay said via Twitter. Irsay additionally added that there is presently no date for Richardson’s return and that, ‘no new surprises were found during surgery — they just repaired what was expected. Anthony is doing well and thanks everyone for the support.’
Richardson, according to multiple reports, suffered a Grade 3 AC joint sprain in his right (throwing) shoulder during Indianapolis’ Week 5 matchup against the Tennessee Titans. It was later decided by the organization and a handful of doctors that the best course of action was to have the rookie quarterback undergo surgery to repair his injury.
According to ESPN reporter Stephen Holder, Richardson’s procedure was ‘performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a renowned surgeon who has done procedures on the late Kobe Bryant and did Aaron Rodgers’ recent Achilles repair.’
My understanding is that Colts QB Anthony Richardson's surgery in L.A. today was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a renowned surgeon who has done procedures on the late Kobe Bryant and did Aaron Rodgers' recent Achilles repair. #elite— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) October 25, 2023
Holder also reported that Richardson will begin rehabbing on Thursday, as the team looks ahead to getting their quarterback healthy for the 2024 season.
Next up? No time to waste for AR. Rehab starts Thursday. Onward to 2024.— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) October 25, 2023
The Colts were certainly impressed with Richardson’s level of play when he was on the field, even as a rookie. Given what the organization went through with former quarterback Andrew Luck, it makes sense that Indianapolis continues to prioritize Richardson’s long-term health.
As Richardson starts his recovery process, the Colts, who currently sit at 3-4, will continue to roll with veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew as their starter for the remainder of the 2023 season.