Ryan Swope's retirement from the NFL sent ripples throughout the Arizona Cardinals organization. General manager Steve Keim said placing Swope on the retired list was the right thing to do for Swope's future. And Bruce Arians said coaches are responsible for trying to take the head out of harm's way as the NFL puts more emphasis on safety issues.
CBSSports.com wrote that Swope's retirement now has other NFL teams on alert about the way they approach the draft. In fact, his issues mean teams probably will look closer at the concussion histories of future players.
An AFC scout told NFLDraftScout.com that Swope's retirement will almost certainly tighten the leash on how teams evaluate players with concussion issues.
"We already place the highest priorities possible on players' injuries and overall durability, especially head-related concerns," the scout said. "But examples like this only add fuel to the fire. I feel so terrible for Ryan, but it's important that he looks out for his health first and foremost."
This scout is even more qualified to discuss the topic after his own professional career was cut short due to injuries after only three seasons.
"The harsh truth of football is that it's not promised to everyone," he said.
The result is that NFL teams might have to keep better medical histories of prospective players -- or hope that colleges do a better job.
"There is no such thing as doing enough homework on these kids, on the field and off," the scout said. "I'll talk to GA's and college staffers to find out a players effort in the weight room or assistant coaches about the kid's practice habits, but sometimes talking to trainers is the best way to extract information on a kid. Bumps and bruises are bound to happen in this game, but not every kid has the durability to hold up at the next level. And head injuries are certainly the reddest of flags."
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor