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Cardinals place rookie WR Ryan Swope on reserve / retired list

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Cardinals rookie wide receiver Ryan Swope has been placed on the reserve / retired list, the club said Thursday.

According to the Cardinals’ website, Swope’s “ongoing concussion issues” were behind the decision.

“We knew Ryan has a concussion history in college and understood that it could possibly be an issue,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said, according to “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 number-one priority and this was the best course to take.”

The Cardinals selected Swope in the sixth round in April. The No. 174 overall pick, Swope played collegiately at Texas A&M.

UPDATE 8:16 p.m. ET: Swope issued a statement via the Twitter account of his representatives, Rep 1 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,” Swope said. “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.

“I want to thank the Arizona Cardinals organization for the opportunity and their support. I wish the team much success this season.”

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23 Responses to “Cardinals place rookie WR Ryan Swope on reserve / retired list”
  1. billyisradical says: Jul 25, 2013 7:30 PM

    Well played by the cardinals, valuing his health more than his impact as a football player. Hopefully he has a full recovery and successful career.

  2. remyje says: Jul 25, 2013 7:30 PM


  3. thirdistheworrd says: Jul 25, 2013 7:34 PM

    Bummer. Seemed like he had a lot of potential, he could have been the first white guy to take the “deceptively” off the word “fast”.

  4. miguelromerorhpat says: Jul 25, 2013 7:36 PM

    I still remember when people said:look,he s the next wes welker..


  5. srose3rd says: Jul 25, 2013 7:37 PM

    Really sorry to hear that but glad he’s putting his health first. Gig em Ryan and get better soon….

  6. boyshole25 says: Jul 25, 2013 7:38 PM

    Good on the cards

  7. dwoofer says: Jul 25, 2013 7:38 PM

    I thought your scouts found out these things before you spent a draft pick on somebody.

  8. romoscollarbone says: Jul 25, 2013 7:43 PM

    Sorry for the kid. Put the same level of energy into something fulfilling. Playing D1 is making it.

  9. graham1982 says: Jul 25, 2013 7:53 PM

    “I thought your scouts found out these things before you spent a draft pick on somebody”

    The article clearly says he had a “setback after he got here” that caused them to run more evaluations and weigh the options.

  10. azdesertdweller says: Jul 25, 2013 7:54 PM

    Dwoofer – the GM said he knew, but for a 6th round pick, he took a chance. All of this info was part of the story….c’mon man!

  11. darkglobe1 says: Jul 25, 2013 8:13 PM

    Dwoofer swings and misses.

  12. deathonwings410 says: Jul 25, 2013 8:15 PM

    Damn. That sucks, thought he was the next Jordan Nelson.

  13. chemicaltoilet says: Jul 25, 2013 8:26 PM

    “I thought your scouts found out these things before you spent a draft pick on somebody”

    Uh…The 6th round is where you take chances on players like him. Duhhh

  14. cags777 says: Jul 25, 2013 9:20 PM

    Sorry to hear. Best of luck to him for a speedy recovery and a great future.

  15. smartanis says: Jul 25, 2013 9:33 PM

    Nice to see a football player using his brain rather than taking the money and losing it. Best of luck to Swope in whatever he does next.

  16. xx4zu1 says: Jul 25, 2013 10:22 PM

    He just didn’t want to play for the cardinals.

  17. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Jul 25, 2013 10:44 PM

    miguelromerorhpat says:
    Jul 25, 2013 7:36 PM
    I still remember when people said:look,he s the next wes welker..


    More like a Danny Amendola.

  18. EJ says: Jul 25, 2013 10:57 PM

    I feel bad for Swope. He was one of the few Wide Receivers from the back end of the draft that looked like a steal. Blazing speed, good hands and smart as a whip. Hopefully this isn’t the official end of him playing professional ball, but I have a feeling that he’s too damaged. Good luck Ryan.

  19. 2fleas says: Jul 26, 2013 1:05 AM

    He was a great receiver for the Aggies. He had NFL talent but some things just don’t work out. Get your degree man and perhaps pursue a career in coaching.

  20. randy84moss says: Jul 26, 2013 2:45 AM

    Beebe even had a “speed training” school

  21. jasonfinfan says: Jul 26, 2013 3:13 AM

    Man alot of fin fans were hoping we drafted him for chemistry with tannehill.. glad Ireland knows more then us armchair GM’s.

    I hope he does well, maybe one day he can make a comeback. I know we love the big hits college football allows compared to the NFL but at some point college’s will have to prevent these huge collisions as well or face lawsuits.

    I know people hate hearing player safety but this is a kid who was doomed before he even had a chance at the NFL.

  22. steelerben says: Jul 26, 2013 12:03 PM

    OTAs are supposed to be non-contact drills. Is anyone planning on investigating how Swope was injured? NFLPA, are you all over this?


    Didn’t think so.

    Shame the kid got hurt, though.

  23. drprozzak says: Jul 28, 2013 7:13 AM

    They ARE non contact.
    He laid out for a pass and landed awkwardly.

    Each concussion increases the chances of having another.

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