A good number of Packers players (including some surprises) failed their physicals this week and will not be able to participate in the first days of training camp. Here is a rundown on what is know about each player so far:
Charlie Peprah: (Released by the Packers) A lingering knee injury caused Peprah to fail his physical and the Packers quickly decided to release him. I suppose that speaks highly of the plethora of young safeties the Packers currently have on their roster and how the Packers feel about them. For Peprah, his best time with the Packers was certainly the Super Bowl season, but his play last year was dreadful at times, and I was considering him likely to be a camp cut anyway.
Desmond Bishop: (PUP) Bishop please! Say it ain’t so!. Desmond has a calf strain suffered in his training session last week and was placed on the non-football related injury list. He’ll be back soon.
Derek Sherrod: (PUP) Sherrod’s recovery from the broken leg has gone very well, according to Mike Mccarthy, and the Packers expect him to be ready “soon,”, which I would take to mean sometime in the next week or two.
Andrew Quarless: (PUP) No surprise here. The severity of the knee injury he suffered last Dec 4th makes him a longshot at best to even participate in camp. I’d say he’s a lock to never be activated in camp and be on the PUP list when the season starts.
Alex Green: (PUP) Didn’t initially pass his physical. All reports are that his rehab from a knee injury has gone extremely well and the only question was whether he would be ready for the first week of camp. In a late development, Green was cleared for today’s practice and participated.
John Kuhn: (PUP) A surprise (at least to me), Kuhn is not fully healed from an MCL knee injury suffered in the playoff loss to the Giants. I remember it being described as “not serious” at the time, but Kuhn recently speculated on how much he would be able to participate and Mike McCarthy indicated he is not ready at this time.
Frank Zombo: (PUP) Zombo continues to be hampered by injuries, as he failed his physical with a hamstring strain, one of the trio of injuries he suffered last season. Zombo will be activated at some point in the next two weeks, but his inability to stay on the field has him looking like a camp cut to me.
For those of you wondering about the rules of the reserve and PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) lists, here are some details from NFLPlayers.com:
There are three primary Reserve List categories in which a club may place a player for football-related injuries and non-football injuries:
1. Non-Football Injury or Illness
A club may place a player on the Non-Football Injury or Illness (NFI) list if the player fails the club’s pre-season physical because he sustained an injury unrelated to football. A player on NFI will not be entitled to receive his salary and is prohibited from practice until the three-week period beginning the day after his club’s sixth regular-season game, during which time he may be restored to the club’s Active/Inactive List. It is not unusual for players to find themselves on NFI after sustaining injuries in the off-season doing other activities other than football.
2. Physically Unable to Perform (PUP)
A player who fails his club’s pre-season physical at the start of training camp may be placed by his club on the Physically Unable to Perform list. A player on PUP is eligible to receive his salary, but he is ineligible to participate in practices or games. However, a player on PUP is permitted to practice with his club and may be restored his club’s Active/Inactive list during a three-week period beginning the day after the sixth regular-season game and ending after the ninth regular-season game.
3. Reserve/Injured (IR)
A player who sustains an injury in a practice or game that renders him physically unable to perform after passing his club’s pre-season physical may be placed on his club’s Reserve Injured list. While on IR a player will continue to receive his salary and medical care and is permitted to attend meetings, but he is prohibited from practicing and playing in games for his club for the remainder of the season. “The key benefit of being placed on IR is the club’s ongoing obligation to pay the player’s salary, medical care, and rehabilitation,” said NFLPA Staff Counsel Tim English. “It is the medical care and rehabilitation that allows the player to recover from injury and to get back out on the field. We all know that players want to play.”
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.