In layman’s terms, the Physically Unable to Perform list is like a temporary Injured Reserve, or the disabled list in baseball.
Players on this list are able to go through meetings and do drills off to the side of practice, but may not actually practice with their teammates. As soon as they’re cleared by the medical staff, they can be taken off the list and everything is Hunky Dory.
Putting a player on the P.U.P. is a coach’s decision, and the Redskins start camp with three players on the list: safeties LaRon Landry, Kareem Moore, and linebacker Robert Henson.
All three players have reported to camp and are busy learning their playbooks. One happy sight after practice yesterday was seeing Landry and new teammate OJ Atogwe chatting it up outside of the meeting rooms. The cohesion of these two could be a big factor in the defense this year.
Head coach Mike Shanahan reported yesterday that Landry was being held back strictly “for precautionary reasons,” while Henson and Moore are coming back from offseason knee surgery. It didn’t sound like he had any lingering doubts about their ability to recover in time for the season, but their status could affect other moves.
Henson has gotten an out-pouring of support on Twitter, and he tweeted his gratitude last night:
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