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Concussions force Cardinals' Swope to retire

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Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Ryan Swope, who slipped to the sixth round of this year's NFL draft because of his history of concussions, announced on Thursday that he is retiring from football, at least for now, because of medical concerns regarding his concussions.

Initially, the Cardinals announced Thursday that Swope, who attended Texas A&M, was placed on the reserve/retired list, noting that he had another concussion after the draft.

"We knew Ryan has a concussion history in college and understood that it could possibly be an issue," said Cardinals general manager Steve Keim in a statement, according to NFL.com. "But weighing all the elements -- the medical information available, the particular position in the draft -- it was a decision we were comfortable making. As it turned out, he had a setback after he got here. Over the course of the subsequent evaluations, we all decided that Ryan's long-term well-being was the No. 1 priority and this was the best course to take."

Later, according to NFL.com, Swopes released a statement saying he is retiring for now: "As a result of a concussion I suffered during OTAs, I was advised by doctors that there were serious risks in returning to play football at this point. It has been a lifelong dream to play in the NFL but my long-term health interests outweigh my current goals for football. Because of that, I am electing to retire from the game for now and then reassess my future after this season. In the meantime, I plan to return to Texas A&M to pursue my degree."
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