Su'a Cravens pondering retirement

Posted September 06, 2017

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Redskins S Su'a Cravens told some within the organization on Saturday that he was going to retire, but he has changed his mind "for now".

Cravens played in 11 games a year ago, his rookie season, starting three of them.

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Cravens, who is entering his second season after being selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, caught teammates and coaches off guard over the weekend by revealing he has considered stepping away from the game after one season in the league. 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.

Multiple Redskins players insisted they first heard about Cravens' attempted retirement after practice on Sunday during a brief meeting with coach Jay Gruden.

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Fellow Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger told ESPN the news of Cravens' possible retirement was "shocking". "So every chance I get to talk to him, I talk to him". "(Cravens has) got to handle what he needs to handle, whether it's mental, whether it's family. We're here to support him. "That's tough. I'm not in those shoes, so I can't speak on him, so whatever he's dealing with I'm praying for him and hopefully he'll be back. If you really love it you'll stick to it".

"If it's family issues, personal issues, whatever he's dealing with, I'm supportive". Washington's staff was able to meet with him and was able to talk him into continuing to play. "Hopefully he'll deal with what he has to deal with and be back out here". "There's some volatile people in that defensive back room from time to time and he's a calming guy, if you can believe that".

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Added Hall: "You know, when you stop learning, it's the day you don't get better". Gruden did not address the media Sunday but will do so Tuesday. Per the Post, Cravens' teammates felt he was losing his "zeal for the game" after a concussion last October that he said affected his vision.