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Su'a Cravens placed on Reserve/Left Squad list, won't play football this year

No return to the team this year.

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It's over, at least this year, for the Redskins and safety Su'a Cravens. He has officially been placed on the Reserve/Left squad list which ends any hopes of him returning to the field this year. It was reported yesterday that Cravens was reporting to the team on Tuesday.

Either that report was wrong, or something changed with Cravens since yesterday. He now has a year to deal with any issues he has, or decide to leave the NFL and the Redskins behind. Cravens told the Redskins before the season started that he intended to retire. The Redskins placed him on the Exempt/Left Squad list which gave him 4 weeks to decide what he wanted to do. Now we have his decision.

Official Redskins statement:

“Today the Redskins have officially placed Su’a Cravens on the Reserve/Left Squad list. 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. 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.”

ProFootballTalk claims, per a source, that Su'a Cravens wasn't told the Redskins were making this mpve today, and he could still report tomorrow...

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Cravens may still report to the team on Tuesday, consistent with a plan to return about which the team was aware before putting him on the reserve/left squad list. (Ian Rapoport of NFL Media had reported — accurately — on Sunday that Cravens intended to return to the team on Tuesday.)

As the source explains it, Washington was aware that Cravens was coming back on Tuesday. Out of the blue on Monday, they shifted his status from exempt/left squad to reserve/left squad, ending his season. Cravens, we’re told, wasn’t informed that the team was planning to make the move until after the move already had been made.

After meetings on Monday, team officials decided it was in the best interest of all parties involved if they placed Cravens on the reserve/left squad list, ending his 2017 season. Although the Cravens camp expressed a desire to return to team headquarters Tuesday, Redskins brass remained unconvinced all of his personal and health issues had been resolved.

The Redskins believed a year break – complete with the team-based medical (both mental and physical) benefits still available to him while on the reserve list – would afford Cravens adequate time to resolve all of the issues that led to his abrupt retirement.