Antonio Gates and Larry English are both still recovering from injuries last season. They were placed on the PUP List (definition below) today. Hopefully they are ready for the season, but we need to prepare for the CRAPPIEST of situations with their injuries.
We have Randy McMichael at TE, but we should consider bringing back Brandon Manumaluna who was just cut from the Bears. Gates should be able to play though, they are just being very cautious.
Antwan Barnes was brought back for a couple of seasons, but we should probably look at another outside linebacker if English does what he normally does and gets injured. I have been hearing that Travis LaBoy from the 49ers could be an option.
Physically Unable to Perform is the term for a rule in the National Football League which allows teams to designate players as “Physically Unable to Perform” or “PUP”. Once they are designated as such, they are prohibited from practicing with the team. They can, however, rehabilitate and participate in team meetings. If a player begins training camp on the PUP list, they can be moved to the active roster at any time, even after one practice. A player is not allowed to be placed on the PUP list if they start training camp on the active roster, even if they take part in only the first few minutes of the first practice.
A player who begins the regular season on the PUP list must sit out his team’s first six games. After that point, a team has three weeks to start having the player practice; once the player begins practicing, the team has another three weeks to put the player on the active roster. If the player is not activated by that time, or if he does not begin practicing within that three week window, he must remain on the PUP list for the remainder of the season