Michael Richardson has surgery

Updated: November 19, 2012, 7:45 PM ET
By Sam Khan Jr. | GigEmNation

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M true freshman linebacker Michael Richardson underwent successful surgery on his spine and was released from St. Joseph's hospital on Monday, the school announced.

Richardson, a DeSoto (Texas) High School product, played most of the final two quarters of the Aggies' 47-28 win over Sam Houston State on Saturday, but complained of neck pain after the game.

Postgame X-rays performed by the medical staff determined that Richardson suffered a cervical spine injury and he was transported to St. Joseph's after the game and underwent surgery Sunday.

"We are so thankful that Michael came through surgery in good shape and our focus, thoughts and prayers are just on his healing and recovery," Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin said in a statement.

Richardson has appeared as a reserve in nine games this season, collecting nine tackles. He's one of a handful of true freshmen to see the field for the ninth-ranked Aggies this season. He was a four-star recruit in the 2012 class out of DeSoto, choosing Texas A&M over offers from several others including Baylor, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Texas Tech.

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