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NFL Makes Minor Change to Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List Rules

July 27th, 2013 at 9:15 AM
By Dan Benton

As is the case every year, fans find themselves somewhat confused by the rules surrounding the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. And immediately following the New York Giants' decision to place five players on their preseason PUP list, questions came rolling in about what it means for the team and those players, and how it might impact the regular season.

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Simply put, any player who in unable to participate in training camp activities as a result of a football-related injury is eligible to be placed on the preseason PUP list. These players can be removed from said list at any point prior to the regular season, even if they were only on the PUP list for a single practice. However, once a player participates in so much as one training camp activity, they are no longer eligible to be placed on the preseason PUP list.

Any players that are unable to participate in training camp practices due to a non-football injury are not eligible for the PUP list, but can be placed on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list.

As the NFL schedule moves into the regular season, any player who was on the PUP list throughout the preseason is eligible to remain on that list into the regular season. Furthermore, all players who start the regular season on the PUP list are required to remain on it for the first six weeks.

Until recently, once those six weeks were up, a player had a three-week window in which he needed to begin practicing. From the day he returns to practice, the team had an additional three-week window by which to activate him. If a player was not activated at that point, they would have to remain on the PUP list for the remainder of the season. However, the NFL recently changed these rules to the following:

Commencing on the day after the conclusion of the sixth regular season weekend (October 15) and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the 11th regular season weekend (November 19), clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform for a period not to exceed 21 calendar days. Pads and helmets are permitted during the 21-day period. At any time during the 21-day practice period, or prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period, clubs are permitted to restore such players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform to their Active/Inactive List.

And, hopefully, that helps everyone understand exactly how the PUP list works and what it means for the players on it.

Note: Players who begin the regular season on PUP do not count against the 53-man roster.


Tags: Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, PUP

8 Responses to “NFL Makes Minor Change to Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List Rules”

  1.  GOAT56 says:


    Without additional news yall are jumping the gun on Snee. Beginning training camp on PUP is no big deal. At least give it a few weeks. You can’t be concerned Snee is missing the reps at this point. I’m not saying it couldn’t end up being an issue but we shouldn’t assume it’s an issue now.

    •  jfunk says:

      Nay. Its significant. Under the old rules, the player didn’t count against the camp roster so it made sense to place anybody that wasn’t practicing on it. Now that it still takes a.roster spot, there is NO reason to place a player on PUP to start camp unless you believe they may not he ready for week 1.

      Yes, its possible the guy comes back in a week and it amounts to nothing, but putting him on PUP now accomplishes nothing but provide insurance against them not being ready by week 1.

      •  Krow says:

        Even if he plays week 1 … it still doesn’t amount to nothing. He took a stupid, selfish gamble. Hey, I hope he wins. I hope he’s out there and playing great. But that’s no excuse even if it happens. He had to come to camp 100% … and didn’t … AGAIN.

        Must be nice to be related to the coach.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        What are yall talking about? Do you not understand what a PUP destination means right now? You have to pass a physical and a conditioning test to be able to practice. Given his stage of recovery he could be just not ready for that yet. And to further refute your point is there’s no way JPP begins the year on PUP. Even if he misses the first 3-4 games we will hold his roster spot. PUP is not nearly as serious at this point as you are making it out. Calm down.

        •  Krow says:

          You’re not refuting anything. He’s on PUP … AND he wasted 5-6 weeks of recovery. Those are the facts. He’s not ready to play … AND he wasted 5-6 weeks of recovery.

          If he’s ready for the season it’ll be great. But he still wasted 5-6 weeks of recovery time which he obviously needed because he’s on PUP.

          Nothing anyone can say changes those 2 facts. Even if it all turns out fine it doesn’t changes them. He’s on PUP … and he could be 6 weeks further along in his recovery.

    •  Krow says:

      Keep blowing that sunshine. But the facts are that he’s on PUP … and right now those extra 6 weeks of recovery time is looking like an opportunity that the coach’s son-in-law pi$$ed away. And after a rather mediocre 2012 which was attributed to nagging injuries.

      Reminds me of that old joke ….

      Coach: “Son, I can’t tell if you’re ignorant or apathetic.”
      Player: “Coach, I don’t know and I don’t care.”

      Give the money to Nicks and dump this turd.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        It’s not sunshine. Re-read what PUP means now. All PUP means at this point is that you are eligible for the regular season PUP. He can be activated from PUP like all of our other PUP players at anytime. Look at Jacoby Jones for Bmore who was kept on PUP for a day simply because he didn’t pass his physical and the next day when he passed he was activated from the PUP. Calm down.

        •  Krow says:

          PUP means … Physically Unable to Perform. It’s not a Shakespeare sonnet … there’s no hidden meanings. It’s not hard to understand.

          P … Physically
          U … Unable
          P … Perform

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