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.”

23 responses to “Cardinals place rookie WR Ryan Swope on reserve / retired list

  1. 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”.

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

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

  4. “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.

  5. “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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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