Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson underwent successful shoulder surgery Wednesday in Charlotte, according to team spokesman Steven Drummond.
Team doctor Pat Connor performed the surgery, which forced Richardson to miss the NFL annual meetings this week in Boca Raton, Fla.
Drummond said “everything went well” with the procedure.
Richardson, 79, who underwent heart transplant surgery in 2009, also has been dealing with pain in his knee.
This is the first time Richardson has missed the owners meetings since his heart transplant. Richardson was a member of the NFL’s Los Angeles relocation committee for the past couple of years, and he is active on the compensation committee with Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Panthers president Danny Morrison voted in Richardson’s absence at the meetings.