May 14, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Ryan Swope (19) catches the ball during organized team activities at the Cardinals Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals Rookie WR Ryan Swope Placed on Reserve/Retired List

Well, so much for the excitement of rookie wide receiver Ryan Swope coming in and vying for a spot on the Arizona Cardinals offense.  Just within the last hour, the Cards placed him on the Reserve/Retired List.  Considering his injury past, it isn’t completely shocking, however there were some high expectations, including on my part.  It’s unfortunate it has come to this.

Swope, who has a history of concussions, was forced to retire on Thursday.  This was considered one of the reasons why he fell all the way to the sixth-round of the NFL Draft.  The Cards saw all the upside on him though.  He was quite similar to Cards wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in style of play.  Swope had a great leaping ability to snatch balls out of the air and over his head.

The Cardinals were aware of the risks they were taking in drafting Swope.  After having a set back once he joined the Cards at the end of April, it was clear there would be on-going issues.  As recently as June though, the Cards thought it might not linger.  I didn’t think it would either but apparently the concussions were too much to overcome for former Texas A&M star receiver.  I applaud the Cards and Swope in coming to this decision though.  This way he stays healthy and can live a full productive life without the worry of future head issues.


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  • BrentonJ

    Yes very disappointing. I was also caught up in the Swope mania. Yes this really is just too bad that we will not be able to see Swope reach his full potential with the Redbirds.