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Redskins safety ineligible for remainder of season
The Washington Redskins placed starting strong safety Su'a Cravens on the reserved/left squad list on Monday, which ends his 2017 season.
The decision came just 15 days after Cravens left the team suddenly while contemplating retirement from the NFL at age 22. The Redskins' second-round draft pick in 2016, No. 53 overall, Cravens was originally placed on the exempt/left squad list.
Washington had four weeks to decide what to do with Cravens. It could trade him, waive him, activate him to the 53-man roster or place him on the reserve/left squad list, which would end his season and toll his contract without pay.
Cravens was at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this weekend, but it wasn't for the Redskins' game on Sunday against the Rams. He was there the night before when Southern California, his alma mater, hosted Texas. Washington general manager Doug Williams was also on the sidelines for that game, but it remains unclear if the two men spoke. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden insisted on a Monday conference call that he had not spoken to Cravens at all since he left the team.
"No, I haven't heard anything from Su'a or about Su'a," Gruden said.
That quote was just two hours before Washington officially put Cravens on the exempt/left squad list. That move contradicted an NFL Network report on Sunday that Cravens would be returning to the team on Tuesday. Instead, his season is finished.
That leaves the Redskins in a difficult position at safety. Already down Cravens and with veteran DeAngelo Hall on the physically unable to perform list, rookie Montae Nicholson - a 2017 fourth-round draft pick - has an AC joint sprain and safety Deshazor Everett has an MCL sprain.
The only other healthy safeties on the roster are starting free safety D.J. Swearinger and Stefan McClure. Nicholson and Everett were listed as day-to-day after the Rams game. But, for the foreseeable future, Cravens is the biggest question mark.
"In accordance with the NFL Constitution and Bylaws, Su'a will not be permitted to return to the club for the remainder of the 2017 NFL season, including the postseason," the Redskins said in a statement. "We sincerely hope that Su'a uses this time away from the club to reflect upon whether or not he'd like to resume his career in the National Football League in 2018."