NFL Changes PUP Rule


Oct 7, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Bernard Scott (28) runs for a gain against Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi (55) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

In order to help NFL players who are hurt return to their teams during the season without taking up a roster spot, the NFL created the preseason, or “active” PUP list. This is for players that start training camp hurt. Players on the active list can be activated at any time and count against the roster limit. Once a player practices, they cannot be placed on the active PUP list.

The Cincinnati Bengals currently have offensive tackle Andre Smith and running back Cedric Peerman placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list, while Fullback Chris Pressley, running back Bernard Scott, quarterback Zac Robinson, wide receiver Tyrone Goard will open training camp on the Active/PUP list.

Once camp ends, at the second roster cutdown deadline on August 31, teams must decide whether to activate any players on PUP or move them to the “reserve” list. Players on this list do not count against the 53-man active roster, but those players cannot participate in practices or games for the first six weeks of the season.

As part of the old PUP rule, after six weeks have passed, teams had 3 weeks to activate a player from the PUP, place them on IR, or cut him. That rule has been changed:

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