Report | Su’a Cravens expected to return this week

02 October 2016: Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell (34) in action against Washington Redskins defensive back Su'a Cravens (36) at FedEx Field, in Landover, MD. where the Washington Redskins defeated the Cleveland Browns, 31-20. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)
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Washington Redskins safety Su’a Cravens is expected to return this week after spending a couple of weeks away from the game pondering retirement, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Now, that does not mean that it’s a guarantee that Cravens will come back and play, but the fact that he is reporting is obviously a good sign for the Redskins.

The 22-year-old Cravens, who has been dealing with an undisclosed health issue, has been in touch with Washington head coach Jay Gruden, and his agent, Fadde Mitchell, has kept contact with the Redskins front office.

Cravens was seen at the USC-Texas game with Washington senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams.

Those close to him say that he still has a passion for the game.

“I think sometimes your personal life is more important, and, in this case, for him, it is,” Gruden said when Cravens stepped away two weeks ago. “I just think that there are some things really weighing on his mind that he has to take care of. So if he gets those things cleared up, then sure, we will take another look at him.”

Cravens, who played his college football at the University of Southern California, was originally selected by the Redskins in the second round (53rd pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

He played in 11 games during his rookie campaign, finishing with 33 tackles, a sack and an interception.

Washington will head on the road to take on the Los Angeles Rams at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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