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Ryan Swope had an outstanding college career, and was expected to go as high as the second round in the recent draft. But, apparently, NFL teams are looking closely at who’s been concussed and who hasn’t when it comes to determining selection.
Swope’s time at Texas A&M was marred by at least two concussions. In a surprise move, he fell to the sixth round in April’s NFL draft. The general consensus was that “team doctors didn’t want to risk selecting Swope because of his head injuries in college.”
Eventually drafted by Arizona, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said, “We knew Ryan has a concussion history in college and understood that it could possibly be an issue, but weighing all the elements—the medical information available, the particular position in the draft—it was a decision we were comfortable making.”
However, Swope suffered a “setback” in some of the early rookie practices. After not being cleared, he ceased coming to the Arizona football complex.
Many observers considered Swope the “premier steal” in the NFL draft. This was a player loaded with talent who had lots of upside. Not being able to pursue this is the sad part.
However, it’s encouraging to see the player and the NFL make the right decision. Leaving the game can be difficult. What is beyond difficult is coping with long-term head injuries. Life is short.
There are any number of hurdles the attorney for the NFL plaintiffs may need to clear.
One of which may be to determine how much of the damage, if any, was inflicted on an NFL player, while he was under contract to an NFL team.
Take Phoenix Cardinals rookie receiver Ryan Swope, who fell in the draft “because he had four concussions at Texas A&M,” according to a report on Pro Football Talk (PFT).
Swope’s teammate Larry Fitzgerald went so far as to suggest on SiriusXM radio (via ESPN.com) that Swope has missed practice time while working through issues related to the concussions he suffered in college, according to PFT.
“Fitzgerald’s comments are the first we’ve heard that Swope’s college concussions are still an issue, but they were definitely an issue for him heading into the draft,” Mike Mayock said on the NFL Network. “Swope would have been a third-round pick if he had a clear medical history, but he fell to the sixth round because of those concussions.”
How many other players suffered concussions in college that weren’t properly diagnosed? And where do you draw the line between what damage was done in College, or high school, and the NFL?
If more and more college players fall in the draft because of the concussions they suffered in college and their effects, will they become more inclined to seek legal recourse if their treatment was questionable?