Washington Redskins rookie defender Su’a Cravens made a surprising announcement via Snapchat on Tuesday: A concussion he suffered in Week 5 has caused him to wear glasses full time now.
Cravens, 21, said in a video: “Due to my concussion my eyes have lost the memory to keep track of moving objects, so I have to wear these for the rest of my life.”
Later, Cravens added: “So I had to buy these glasses and I’ll be wearing them for a very long time.”
His signoff for the video was a sarcastic one: “Thanks, concussions” — gallows humor for a potentially scary situation. Now you can understand why the NFL is facing a concussion crisis when things such as these happen.
The second-round pick out of USC was absent from practice on Monday, after which Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Cravens would meet with an independent doctor regarding the concussion he suffered Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
It’s not clear if he will be available against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at FedEx Field, or heck, if it’s possibly even a career-derailing condition. But NFL players have played with glasses and athletic specs in the past and it sounds as if he’ll be wearing glasses under his helmet if or when he does return to the field.
A safety-linebacker hybrid, Cravens made the game-clinching interception against the New York Giants in Week 3 for the Redskins’ first victory of the season and has been a key contributor in recent games.
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