Su'a Cravens heads to injured reserve in Denver

Brian Tinsman
September 02, 2018 - 10:35 pm
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The Su'a Cravens era in Denver will have to wait at least eight weeks, as the Broncos placed their second-string strong safety on injured reserve for a nagging knee injury.

According to NFL insider James Palmer, he has already had a procedure to fix the knee injury that limited him all preseason, and is expected to have another:

And so continues a disappointing run for the former Washington Redskins' second-round draft pick (53rd overall). 

Cravens (6-1, 224 lbs.) possesses the size and speed that teams (no pun intended) crave at safety. He has the speed and size to match up well with tight ends or defend the run at the line of scrimmage. But he has not yet proven the ability to stay healthy.

He appeared in 11 games as a rookie in 2016, starting three. After taking too many injuries lining up at inside linebacker, the team moved him to starting strong safety in 2017. However, effects from a concussion caused him to announce his retirement on the weekend of roster cuts last season.

Initially, the Redskins front office told him to take time and reconsider, and he was placed on the team's exempt list. Two weeks later, the team moved him to the reserve/left squad list, ending his season and kicking off several rounds of reports and finger-pointing. 

In March, he was sent to Denver in a swap of mid-round draft picks, a mighty fall from his draft status just two years before.

He was originally listed as the second-string strong safety in Denver after getting limited snaps on defense and special teams during the preseason. His upcoming absence in Denver has already started making waves among the media:

Per NFL rules, Cravens will be able to return to the 53-man squad after Week 8.

 

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