When Cardinals sixth-round pick Ryan Swope missed OTA practices because of lingering concussion symptoms from head injuries he suffered while at Texas A&M, coach Bruce Arians said he wasn't worried and believed the receiver would be “fine.”
That was in early June. A week later, Arians (and I assume the rest of the team) still wasn't concerned.
But now, with training camp about a month away, Arians seems a little more troubled by Swope's absence. And apparently the team didn't know Swope's symptoms were this serious.
"We were very, very, very surprised about it," Arians told NFL.com on Friday. "I'm not sure what he can do, I'm not sure what the doctors are going to do at this point. I hope ... because the kid is a great talent, and it would be a shame. But having Austin Collie last year go through this same thing, it's scary."
Swope apparently suffered four concussions in college. So, already, he's entering the league with a major history of head trauma (and because Arians invoked his name, it should be noted that the free-agent Collie reportedly has been cleared to play but still is unemployed). Swope's history was also a major reason why the capable receiver fell to the sixth round before the Cardinals took him.
But with his speed (he ran a 4.3 40 at the NFL combine) and his deep-threat abilities, the Cardinals took a chance that he could make an impact in the new Carson Palmer-led offense.
For now, it's unclear when or if that will happen.