Washington Redskins safety Su’a Cravens has received medical clearance to resume all football activities after suffering from the effects of a concussion, briefly considering retirement and then spending the entire season on the reserve/left squad list.
Cravens’ agent, Fadde Mikhail, announced the news Tuesday morning in a statement that read, “As of December 7th, 2017, client Su’a Cravens has received medical clearance to resume all football activities. My client suffered from Post Concussion Syndrome and, under the care of Dr. Michael Collins at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, Su’a has undergone targeted treatment and rehabilitation. He is now asymptomatic and cleared to return back to ALL THINGS FOOTBALL. Su’a is excited and looking forward to the 2018 NFL season and many years to follow.”
A second-round pick out of USC in 2016, Cravens was projected to start at strong safety for Washington this season after spending his rookie year as a hybrid inside linebacker. However, he surprised teammates and team officials this preseason by announcing intentions to retire for medical and personal reasons.
Cravens had suffered a concussion his rookie year, and later that season while nursing another injury again contemplated walking away from the game. However, he did wind up returning to the team and in the offseason made the switch to strong safety, which he believed was his more natural position because of his size (6-1, 224 pounds).
Cravens injured his knee in the first preseason game and had to have arthroscopic surgery. He was projected to return to action by the start of the season, but on the eve of roster cuts, informed team officials that he was considering retiring. In a group text message with his fellow defensive backs, Cravens said he was indeed going to retire, thanked teammates for their support and closed the message with, “Peace out,” and removed himself from the group.
Redskins team president Bruce Allen convinced Cravens to delay his decision and the team place him on the exempt/left squad list to give him 30 days to finalize his decision. Following the second week of the regular season, Cravens had decided that he wanted to return to the team. But the Redskins instead took that decision out of his hands, placing him on the season-ending Reserve/Left squad list.
Cravens was upset at the time, but according to people close to him, still was suffering from some ongoing concussion-related symptoms. The same people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said Cravens also was dealing with family matters that had distracted him from football. Midway through the season, Cravens on social media announced intention to return football in 2018. The medical clearance didn’t come until last week, however. Cravens is eligible to report to Redskins Park and resume football activities at the conclusion of the 2017 season.
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