Washington second round pick Su’a Cravens will not suit up in an NFL game this season.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the former USC star had been considering retirement from football.
Cravens had been recovering from a knee injury. However, after missing the start to the season, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that he was set to return to the team tomorrow.
With that knowledge, Washington put out a very interesting statement this afternoon.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) September 18, 2017
The use of the word “sincerely” aside, it does read like the team is chastising Cravens for pondering his future.
ProFootballTalk‘s Mike Florio confirmed that the team was aware that Cravens was set to return to the team tomorrow, and then made the decision to block him from team facilities.
As the source explains it, Washington was aware that Cravens was coming back on Tuesday. Out of the blue on Monday, they shifted his status from exempt/left squad to reserve/left squad, ending his season. Cravens, we’re told, wasn’t informed that the team was planning to make the move until after the move already had been made.
Apparently, the linebacker may still attempt to show up.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Cravens may still report to the team on Tuesday, consistent with a plan to return about which the team was aware before putting him on the reserve/left squad list.
Rapoport reports that the team made the decision before informing Cravens.
The saga continues. Fascinating. They put Cravens on the list, then informed him. https://t.co/3CDf6gdhvE
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2017
If Washington truly wants the best for its rookie defender, it has a very strange way of showing it.