Su'a Cravens shocked the Redskins over Labor Day Weekend when he informed the front office of his plans to leave the team and retire. Washington placed Cravens on the exempt/left squad list before the season opener, and Cravens has missed the team's first two games.
Saturday night, a picture emerged of Redskins executive Doug Williams on the sideline at the USC-Texas game talking with Cravens, a former USC player. An NFL.com report suggested that Cravens and his representatives had been talking with the Redskins front office, including the head coach, and his return was imminent, perhaps as soon as this week.
Jay Gruden cleared some of that up Monday on a conference call with reporters.
"I haven't heard about Su'a or heard from Su'a," the Redskins coach said.
Gruden added that the last conversation he had with the second-year safety was when Cravens told the coach about his plans to leave the team.
Williams, speaking with CSN in California, said that he talked with Cravens on the sideline of the game but not about his football status. Williams explained that they said hello and exchanged pleasantries, but it wasn't a serious conversation about Cravens' plans for retirement.
The exempt/left squad list allows Cravens to miss up to four games. After those games, however, the Redskins would need to come up with a roster solution for Cravens. That could mean releasing the former second round pick or trading him, or trying to bring him back to the active roster.
Safeties Deshazor Everett and Montae Nicholson sustained injuries in the Redskins win over the Rams, and Gruden suggested the team might activate undrafted rookie Fish Smithson off the practice squad if neccesary. If Cravens is coming back, it would certainly be a good time.
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