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Crusader 07-26-2013 04:20 AM

Ryan Swope, Cards rookie, retires due to concussions
 
Ryan Swope fell to the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft because of concerns about his concussion history at Texas A&M. Those concussions sadly ended Swope's NFL career before it started.

The Arizona Cardinals announced Thursday that Swope was placed on the reserve/retired list. Coach Bruce Arians admitted in June that the team didn't expect the wide receiver's concussion issues to linger into the offseason. NFL Network's Mike Mayock said during the draft that Swope suffered four concussions in college, and he suffered a setback after joining the Cardinals.


"We knew Ryan has a concussion history in college and understood that it could possibly be an issue," said Cardinals general manager Steve Keim in a statement released by the team. "But weighing all the elements -- the medical information available, the particular position in the draft -- it was a decision we were comfortable making. As it turned out, he had a setback after he got here. Over the course of the subsequent evaluations, we all decided that Ryan's long-term well-being was the No. 1 priority and this was the best course to take."

As we learned when Jahvid Best recently retired, it's a new era in the NFL. Teams and doctors are being more cautious than ever with concussions, and that is a great thing. Even if it's a devastating development for Swope.

It was a busy day for the Cardinals, who signed offensive tackle Eric Winston and defensive end John Abraham. They also announced the surprising release of O'Brien Schofield, a starter at outside linebacker last season.

UPDATE: Swope released a statement Thursday night through his representation, Rep1 Sports:

"As a result of a concussion I suffered during OTAs, I was advised by doctors that there were serious risks in returning to play football at this point. It has been a lifelong dream to play in the NFL but my long-term health interests outweigh my current goals for football. Because of that, I am electing to retire from the game for now and then reassess my future after this season. In the meantime, I plan to return to Texas A&M to pursue my degree."


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I feel bad for the young guy. Being that close to your dream and not being able to reach it. Smart move on his part thou, he don't wanna be a vegetable at 45 years old.

QBREES9 07-26-2013 12:24 PM

Re: Ryan Swope, Cards rookie, retires due to concussions
 
Dam that sad.

Icomeinpeace 07-28-2013 04:58 PM

Re: Ryan Swope, Cards rookie, retires due to concussions
 
Good for him..it is tough to have a passion for something the way anyone who could make an NFL roster does and walk away...he is a young man and has a lifetime of opportunity ahead of him it is wise on his part to not risk his long term health for short term glory.

dizzle88 07-28-2013 05:16 PM

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Tough choice he has had to make but its the right one, the NFL shouldn't be your priority if its going to mean problems for you physically and mentally in years to come and also could mean the family would lose a loved one because of it

atltillidie 07-28-2013 06:37 PM

Re: Ryan Swope, Cards rookie, retires due to concussions
 
It's sad, but that was a good choice. Playing in the NFL isn't worth the price he would have to pay after his career in his case.

QBREES9 07-29-2013 12:38 AM

Re: Ryan Swope, Cards rookie, retires due to concussions
 
concussions, suc

SloMotion 07-29-2013 05:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Crusader (Post 512929)
... As we learned when Jahvid Best recently retired, it's a new era in the NFL. Teams and doctors are being more cautious than ever with concussions, and that is a great thing. Even if it's a devastating development for Swope ...

It certainly is, they certainly are and for once, I agree with the NFL for erring on the side of caution. It was agonizing to watch the Jhavid Best story unfold.

QBREES9 07-29-2013 08:15 AM

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Jhavid Best, Thats a sad story. He was going to be great. Concussion are no joke.

SloMotion 07-30-2013 04:58 AM

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Originally Posted by QBREES9 (Post 513606)
Jhavid Best, Thats a sad story. He was going to be great. Concussion are no joke.

Yeah, there were definitely some highlights on the field when he was healthy. In his second to last NFL game, he cut back and broke this one ... I thought he was finally out of the woods and put the whole concussion issue behind him, only to have him out for good the following week vs SFran, :sad:.



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