Source: Redskins S Su’a Cravens has been reinstated by the NFL. A step forward towards his return.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 14, 2018
It was only a formality, but Redskins safety Su'a Cravens has been reinstated by the NFL two days after applying to the league.
Cravens missed the entire 2017 season after being placed on the team's Reserve/Left Squad list. He was talked out of retirement right before the season started, and was planning on reporting to the team before being placed on the list.
The Redskins felt Cravens needed time to get his body and mind right and put him on the shelf. Cravens had knee surgery after an injury in the first preseason game of the year. He also sought treatment at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center while away from the team last year for lingering effects from a concussion suffered in his rookie season. His agent released a statement in December saying he had been medically cleared to return to football.
Now that he is reinstated, it is up to the Redskins to decide whether Cravens is a part of their team going forward. Team officials will talk to Cravens and his agent, and try to figure out what's best for everyone involved (if they haven't already decided on their own).
The Redskins could look to recoup some draft capital, or a player another team is looking to move. Cravens has 3 years left on his rookie deal since he missed last year and his contract tolled. That could be enough to get a team interested, but his value is low coming off his abrupt departure.
Some teammates, coaches, and team officials were reportedly not happy with how Cravens handled the situation, and that would have to be addressed if he returned this year. Cravens has disputed any discord with his teammates was blown out of proportion by the media.
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