Cravens started three games for Washington last season as a rookie, and recorded 23 tackles and an interception in 11 games.
It's good, though, that Cravens' teammates do seem to be supportive of him, even if they've been blindsided by the report. "I'll try to talk to him later on, tell him I'm praying for him, but I'm going straight to the iPad and watching Philly".
The Redskins didn't make coach Jay Gruden available to reporters on Sunday, which marked a change in the schedule.
Redskins veteran safety DeAngelo Hall sat out training camp on the PUP list, and will remain sidelined as the regular season starts next week. "He's got to handle what he needs to handle, whether it's mental, whether it's family. We're here to support him", Swearinger said. The team was expected to announce roster moves, including claiming offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings off waivers from Minnesota, later Sunday. Players were left to address the stunning news that Cravens had considered retirement. But Cravens - undersized for the position - sustained a concussion in Week 4 and missed the next two games. Per Pro Football Talk, if he retires, the Redskins could ask him to pay back 75 percent of his $1.422 million signing bonus, or $1.06 million. After failed attempts by the coaching staff to reach him, several teammates reached out to Cravens, who informed them that he was contemplating retirement. He also had some big moments and a stellar play which excited the Redskins about his potential.
"Shocking", Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger told ESPN.
The Washington Redskins almost lost their 22-year old safety this weekend - not to an injury or a suspension, but to retirement. The 6-foot, 195-pound Texas A&M product past year converted from cornerback to safety.