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Arizona Cardinals’ Rookie Ryan Swope Retires Due to Concussions; Arians Likes New Additions

July 27th, 2013 at 5:36 AM
By Steve Smith

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There was a reason why Ryan Swope dropped to the sixth round of this year's NFL Draft.

The talented wide receiver from Texas A&M was plagued with concussion issues in college and sadly it forced him to retire before his NFL career even started. He was considered a third round talent and the Arizona Cardinals decided to take a chance on him with their sixth round selection.

Unfortunately it did not work out.

The Arizona Cardinals announced that they have placed Swope on the reserve/retired list. Swope suffered four concussions in college and had a setback after joining the Red Birds.

"We knew Ryan has a concussion history in college and understood that it could possibly be an issue," Cardinals' general manager Steve Keim told 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."

The 22-year-old Austin, TX native released this statement through his representation, Rep1 Sports, via "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."

The Cardinals certainly wish him the very best.

Arians likes new Cardinals' additions

Head coach Bruce Arians likes that the Red Birds' signed free agents Eric Winston and John Abraham (the NFL's active sack leader with 122).

A lot.

“I’m extremely excited to bolster our roster with proven players and to give us depth,” Arians told “We’ve all been in situations where we’ve lost key players in the past and you don’t want to have to totally depend on young players. If somebody’s out there that’s a quality player and you can add them to your roster, why not?”









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