The Arizona Cardinals selected former Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope in the sixth-round of the NFL Draft despite his concussion history, but that draft choice may have been a much greater risk than the team had ever imagined. As it turns out, Swope has still not been cleared by doctors and he has not been able to participate in offseason practices.
Even worse for the Cardinals is that they were taken back and surprised by Swope’s setback and now they just have to hope he gets healthy so the pick doesn’t go to waste.
“We were very, very, very surprised about it,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. “I’m not sure what he can do, I’m not sure what the doctors are going to do at this point. I hope … because the kid is a great talent, and it would be a shame. But having Austin Collie last year, go through this same thing, it’s scary.”
It has been six months since his last game at Texas A&M and he has still been unavailable to receive medical clearance.
At this point, it is safe to say that Swope is questionable to start the team’s training camp and there is a chance that he may not take the field in his rookie season.
Being unable to work out with your team during rookie minicamps and OTAs hurts your progression as a play and certainly puts you behind in the learning process, so Swope will have a lot of work to do if he is ever able to get back on the field.