With the Chicago Bears starting actual practice tomorrow morning down at training camp, it’s time to get their offseason roster fully in order. Part of that process is identifying the players that will not practice, so just moments ago, they announced the first, and hopefully last, player that will begin on the PUP list.
Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee will start camp on the sidelines.
He did participate a bit during OTAs and the offseason program, but he must not have ever been 100% healthy. He did shed some weight to alleviate some pressure off if his balky knees, so maybe this is just a case of the Bears being extra cautious after he had his physical earlier today.
The Bears may announce more players being placed on both the PUP and the NFI list on Thursday. Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan is a candidate for the PUP, and rookie Eddie Jackson could find his way onto the NFI.
The PUP list stands for the physically unable to perform list, and it means that these players can not practice at all. It also means their injury happened during a team activity. Had these guys began camp, even for one minute, they would have been ineligible for inclusion on the PUP. These players can come of the PUP list at any time before the season starts. If they remain on the PUP into the regular season, they must remain there for at least six weeks.
The NFI list is the non football injury list, and it’s similar to the PUP, with the difference being the injury happened away from the NFL. A preexisting college injury, or a slip and fall in the shower at home for example.
For more specifics on these two lists, our friends at The Daily Norseman could help you out.
And for a running league wide list of the players on the PUP or the NFI, SB Nation has you covered.