May 14, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Ryan Swope (19) catches the ball during organized team activities at the Cardinals Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals place Ryan Swope on reserve/retired list

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The Arizona Cardinals have placed rookie wide receiver Ryan Swope on the reserve/retired list. The team announced the decision on Thursday, which was made in large part because of the 2013 sixth-round pick’s concussion history.

The Cardinals’ website specifically cited Swope’s “ongoing concussion issues” as the reason for placing him on the reserve/retired list.

“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 AzCardinals.com. “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.”

Swope spent his collegiate career with the Texas A&M Aggies, but he will never get a chance to see the NFL field after the multiple concussions he suffered while in College Station.

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