Su’a Cravens could be back with the Redskins for the 2018 season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Su’a Cravens has taken the next step toward resuming his playing career.

The Washington Redskins safety has applied to the NFL for reinstatement off the reserve/left squad list.

It’s another step in a long process back to the field for the 22-year-old, who was placed on the reserve/left squad list in September after he made the surprising announcement that he planned to retire. Though the Redskins initially talked Cravens out of retirement and added him to the exempt/left squad list, it soon became clear that Cravens would not be suiting up in 2017.

In December, his agent issued a statement explaining that Cravens was medically cleared to resume all football activities after dealing with “post-concussion syndrome” and undergoing “targeted treatment and rehabilitation.”

The 2016 second-round pick suffered a concussion in the Redskins’ Week 4 win over the Cleveland Browns during his rookie year and missed the next two games.

In his statement, Cravens’s agent wrote that his client “is now asymptomatic” and “excited and looking forward to the 2018 NFL season and the many years to follow.”

A few days before he received medical clearance, Cravens posted on social media: “Truth will be out soon I never just walk away come on now this all calculated thinking.”

Washington has several roster needs to address, especially in its secondary. But it is unclear whether Cravens will be a part of their plans going forward.

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