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.