The article detailed Halliday's schedule with the Redskins since he arrived in town, with quarterback meetings, drills, lifting and running.
This morning, reports out of D.C. said Halliday declined to take part in the Redskins' rookie minicamp and was no longer on the roster, having "lost his love" for the game. Efforts by CF.C to reach Halliday have been unsuccessful, but Halliday did tell 700ESPN Radio in Spokane that he was not hurt, just done with football .
In the Washington Times story, Halliday talks about the frustration of breaking his leg late last season.
"Before I broke my leg, teams had told me I was a third- or fourth-round pick. Then I broke my leg and I was going to be a seventh-round or free agent guy. Then I had a really good pro day on April 1, and I was hearing anywhere from fourth to sixth round, so not getting drafted was frustrating, but I can’t do anything about that ..."
Halliday went through a laborious rehab after surgery to repair his broken ankle in order to get ready for this moment, making his apparent change of heart even more curious.
He went through the NFL combine process in order to interview with teams and although he wasn't yet able to throw, he later held a lengthy pro day session in Pullman in April that went exceedingly well in tough weather conditions.
Halliday was passed over in the draft but he seemed to choose a great landing spot -- Washington backup QBs Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy are entering the final year of their contracts and the starter, Robert Griffin III, has been under fire.
Halliday's mom, Jessica, even penned an article for Sports Illustrated recently, detailing her son's lifelong dream to play in the NFL.
An unnamed source told ESPN Halliday had lost his love for the game. The Washington Post cited an anonymous source as saying Halliday had decided to retire before his career had begun, but gave no insight as to why.
Twitter reaction to the Halliday news today was largely one of shock. Here's a sample, from WAND-TV sports director Matt Loveless:
Connor Halliday "lost his love for football"? As sad as it is hard to believe. http://t.co/ZSMbiNKN5H— Matt Loveless (@MattLoveless) May 15, 2015