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Need to Know: Redskins PUP list decisions still up in the air

Jul 22, 2014, 5:06 AM EST

Hatcher-OTAs

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 22, two days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

—Jay Gruden said during minicamp that he planned to spend a lot of the time in between the end of the offseason program and training camp planning out the time in Richmond. There are a lot of details to cover—meeting times, how much free time for the players, what drills to run on the field, media responsibilities, and so on. He will find out if he planned enough starting on Thursday.

—One thing that Gruden likely does not have planned out in much detail is how much contact there will be in practice on a given day. I asked him about this when he visited the Bon Secours training center in May and he indicated that it’s something he would plan on a day-to-day basis. It makes sense to do it that way. You can’t say that you are going to do a lot of hitting on Wednesday and then that day comes around and you have a dozen guys banged up and several more who are practicing but probably shouldn’t be. It’s better to go into the day, assess how the team is doing in terms of health and energy and make your decision then. Flexibility is the key and it sounds like Gruden is going to take that approach.

—We still have no definitive word on the status of four injured Redskins for the start of training camp. Physicals will be given on Wednesday and the doctors will give the thumbs up/thumbs down for Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen, Leonard Hankerson, and Richard Crawford. Coincidentally, all of them are recovering from knee injuries. Judging from what was seen and heard during the last several weeks, it would be surprising if Hatcher isn’t ready but we can’t rule out the possibility that he will start off on the PUP list. It’s the other side of the coin for Hankerson, Bowen, and Crawford. It would be a mild upset if those three are cleared to start practicing on Thursday. Players on PUP (physically unable to perform) can’t practice, they can only do rehab drills off to the side. Those on the list count against the 90-man roster limit and they can be removed from the list at any time. Once off the list they can’t go back on it. Only players who were on the PUP list at the start of training camp can be put on in-season PUP, which allows them to return to the roster after six weeks.

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Timeline

—It’s been 205 days since the Redskins played a game; in 47 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 16; Final cuts 39; Redskins @ Eagles 61

Who will step up on the O-line?

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  1. kenlinkins - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Rich: What is the down side for placing these guys on the PUP list other than they can not practice with the team (and the message it sends that maybe their roster spots are open for anyone who shows improvement)?

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      The only real downside is they can’t practice.

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  2. renhoekk2 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    I don’t get the reasoning for the rule against putting players back on the PUP. If they are counting against the 90 man roster what is the problem? It’s not like there is any roster manipulation. Especially with soft tissue injuries, you might clear a guy to practice but then his knee starts swelling up or he slightly re-injures it. You can’t PUP him? So he works off to the side with trainers instead of practicing for a week but he’s not on the PUP?????

  3. rtcwon - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    The advantage of the PUP list is they don’t count against the final 53 but unlike IR, can be added back to the roster during the season. There is no downside to starting anyone on the PUP list. The downside is if they come off too early, start practicing too early, but turns out still injured; unable to practice/play, now only choice is occupy a spot on 53 or IR for season. If you could put them back on PUP, there would be no IR, everyone would be on PUP so they could rejoin 53 when healthy.

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      Good info there. Will add that there now is the option of the IR spot with designation to return. He must be on the final 53 before going onto IR and then the rules for reactivation are similar to PUP. You don’t want to use that slot too early but it is a new option if needed.

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      • kenlinkins - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Is the rule of “must be on the 53 man roster” only for “return to roster” I/R guys?

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