Brandon Knight announces he needs a break from football to address mental health

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The Ravens claimed offensive tackle Brandon Knight off waivers from the Cowboys on Monday. Knight did not report to the team, and Baltimore placed him on the reserve/did not report list.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Knight “would have to answer” why he didn’t report, and Knight did just that Thursday.

Knight, 24, said he is taking time away from the game to focus on his mental health.

“First and foremost, I want to thank the Baltimore Ravens for allowing me another opportunity to play the game I’ve always loved,” Knight said in a statement. “As of now, I’ve decided to take a break from football to address my mental health. Although it was a difficult decision, it was a necessary one to be back home with my family. I look forward to returning next season.”

Knight joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He appeared in seven games as a rookie, getting one start, and started nine of 13 games played in 2020.

This season, Knight had seen action on only four snaps.

The Ravens lost Ronnie Stanley to season-ending ankle surgery, leaving them with a with a need in the offensive line. They since have signed veteran offensive lineman James Carpenter.

5 responses to “Brandon Knight announces he needs a break from football to address mental health

  1. Take care of your mental health is number 1 but also dont fool yourself to think theres much of a chance another team will take a chance on you next season cause that wont help your future mental health.

  2. This is a legit topic. Look what happened with Simone Biles at the Olympics. And if you’re in the Baltimore area, you may have seen the commercials with Michaels Phelps promoting mental health. The Ted Lasso series also covers the topic. Get well Brandon.

  3. Brandon, I hope you get the help that you need. It takes courage to tackle mental illness. Your life, family and well-being come first. Take care of yourself. Football will be there when you’re good and ready.

  4. If the head and heart is not into the game or life, the body will follow. Just like a physical ailment we would all get treatment on , our mind and spirit of life also MUST be taken care of.

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