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Panthers owner Jerry Richardson reinjures shoulder, needs surgery

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson needs a second surgery after reinjuring his rotator cuff, which was repaired in March.
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson needs a second surgery after reinjuring his rotator cuff, which was repaired in March. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson will undergo a second shoulder surgery Thursday in Charlotte after reinjuring his rotator cuff, a team official confirmed Wednesday.

Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said Richardson has been in the midst of rehabbing the shoulder. Richardson told Drummond he pushed himself too hard during one of his exercise sessions.

Richardson, who turns 80 in July, had the initial repair in March, which prompted him to miss the NFL’s annual meetings in Florida.

Team doctor Pat Connor, who performed the first surgery, also will handle Thursday’s procedure.

Richardson had a heart transplant in 2009 and has been bothered by pain in one of his knees. Doctors have advised against Richardson having a knee replacement.

Richardson was with the team’s front office personnel, coaches and scouts in the draft room at Bank of America Stadium last month on the first night of the draft.

Richardson and several investors paid $206 million to bring an NFL expansion team to the Carolinas in 1995. Forbes last year estimated the Panthers’ worth at $1.56 billion.

Richardson laid out a succession plan in 2013 when the Panthers were negotiating with the city on public money for stadium renovations. He said he wants the team sold within two years of his death for tax purposes.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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