Washington Redskins safety Su'a Cravens is only 22 years old, making him one of the youngest players in the NFL, so it was a bit jarring Sunday when the Washington Post reported that Cravens had to be talked out of retiring from football. Though he's now battling a knee injury, Cravens is expected to be the team's starting strong safety - not just for this year, but in the years to come.
Cravens, a 2016 second-round pick out of USC, totaled 34 tackles, one interception, one sack and five passes defensed in his rookie season, as the Redskins finished third in the NFC East with an 8-7-1 record. Washington officials want to help him through it rather than have him walk away from the game, which would make him one of the youngest National Football League players to date to retire.More news: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting third child
Cravens reportedly wasn't at practice this morning, per the Washington Post's Mike Jones.
"He has to handle what he needs to handle, whether mental or with his family". Players were left to address the stunning news that Cravens had considered retirement. Whatever he has to do, we're here to support him. An anonymous former teammate of Cravens' told ESPN that the safety has lost his love for the game. That's something tough. I'm not in no shoes where I can really speak on it.More news: Despite political hurdles, Trump defiant on Mexico wall
Linebacker Mason Foster said he was surprised by the news. However, team officials reportedly were able to talk him out of it - at least for now.
"You never know what's in anyone's life, so you make sure that's fine first and foremost before you get back to your job", Redskins cornerback? Either way my response is the same to both groups, I love yal (sic) and thank yal. "Everything. If you're not ready to come back and play and give it your all, and your heart isn't in it, then you'll seriously go out there and get hurt". Cravens alarmed fans by describing the glasses as something he'd have to wear for the rest of his life, but later said he'd in fact suffered no permanent damage from the concussion.More news: Trump, Moon agree to boost South Korean missile capabilities