UPDATE: September 19th 2014; The Arizona Cardinals have placed linebacker John Abraham on injured reserve.
Drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2000 draft, John Abraham played six years with the team, another seven with the Atlanta falcons.
Already suffering from memory loss, Abraham (36) suffered a concussion in the third quarter on Monday night’s week one matchup and did not return.
“I just listen for the reasons why and see if there are things we can do to help him,” Arians said. “I’m not … smart enough to know what depression is and things like that. So there are many issues that could be involved, He’s got a lot of things outside of football that he’s never dealt with before, there are some people who can help him in that regard; I’m not one of them.’Arians said.
Abraham. was arrested in June on drunk driving charges in an Atlanta. He entered a rehabilitation program reporting to training camp three weeks late.
“There were times in that game I wasn’t in it, and that’s not fair to my teammates. I’ve got to decide if this is what I still really want to do.’ ” Abraham said.
If Abraham doesn’t return within five days, he would be placed on the reserved list and could not play this season.
Abraham had a team-high 11.5 sacks with the Arizona Cardinals last season and 133.5 sacks in his 15-year career. The total places him ninth on the NFL’s all-time list. He’s also made the pro-bowl a total of five times. Quite a feat.
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was quoted on “move the sticks”as saying this about the situation:
“He indicated to us that he just wanted to take a step back and take some time to consider the time and the effort and constraints it takes to play in the NFL,” Keim said. “He’s played for quite a long time and he’ll reassess that and determine in the next couple of days whether he still wants to play.”
Abraham, signed a two-year contract a year ago and led the Cardinals with 11 ½ sacks in 2013.