View Full Version : Explaining the PUP list rules

08-11-2010, 12:57 PM
Since training camp has opened and the Broncos are leading the NFL with injuries I have noticed a lot of discussion reference the players injuries. I have also noticed that there seems to be some confusion over the rules governing the use of the PUP list by some of the forumites.

First, as most of you are aware NFL teams are allowed to start training camp with 80 players on their rosters. As the preseason progresses the teams must cut their rosters down to 53 players. Now we can discuss how the PUP list affects the nfl rosters.

There are actually two PUP lists. The Active PUP list and the Reserve PUP list. The Active PUP is for players that have some form of injury that will prevent them from starting training camp. If placed on Active PUP, a player can rehab and participate in team meetings but cannot practice. A player has to be placed on Active PUP before he begins training camp. A player on Active PUP can be removed from the list at any time during camp. A player on Active PUP counts against the league mandated roster limit of 80 players. And one of the most important rules, a player must be on Active PUP in order to be considered for Reserve PUP. At the end of preseason, if an Active PUP player is still several weeks away from being able to play, the team may place him on Reserve PUP.

If a player is placed on the Reserve PUP they are not eligible to practice or play in any of the games for the first six weeks of the season. However, the player may still attend meetings and rehab at the team facility. After the sixth week, the team has a three week window (Weeks 7-9) to allow a player on Reserve PUP to begin practicing with the team. Once the player begins practice, he can practice for three weeks before the team must make a decision as to his roster status. The team can activate the player at any point within that three week period. However once the player is activated the team must make room on the 53 man roster for the player coming of the PUP list. If the team feels the player is still not ready to come of the PUP list after week 9 the team would have to place the player on IR, thus ending their season.

Again a player that starts training camp practicing with the team and suffers a serious injury, i.e. Dumervill, they cannot be placed on the PUP list. The team must either carry the player onto their 53 man roster until the player is able to return or place them on IR to create the extra roster spot.

I hope this helps clear up some of the confusion.

08-11-2010, 01:01 PM
Yes, you cleared it up. tough decision by our staff on Doom for sure.

08-11-2010, 07:15 PM
Yes, you cleared it up. tough decision by our staff on Doom for sure.

Holy crap, Did you read the main post?

Doom can't be placed on PUP!

08-11-2010, 08:19 PM
holy crap, did you read the main post?

Doom can't be placed on pup!