Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver Christian Watson will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Packers have nine players on the PUP list to begin training camp, including Watson, tight end Robert Tonyan, offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins, kicker Mason Crosby, and defensive lineman Dean Lowry.
Now, this isn’t necessarily a concern.
The PUP list at the beginning of training camp is different than the start of the regular season.
When the Packers trim their roster to 53 players at the end of August, players on the PUP list will have to miss at least four games.
That is not the case here. Any injured player on the PUP list now can be activated at any time.
Tonyan and Jenkins are both returning from serious knee injuries, so it isn’t surprising that they are currently on the PUP list.
What we don’t know is how close either player is to returning. We also don’t know the injuries each of the other players are dealing with.
One player not on the PUP list is David Bakhtiari. That is potentially a good sign, although it’s worth noting that veteran players don’t report to training camp until next week.
It’s possible Bakhtiari could still be added to the PUP list at a later date. However, other veterans are on the PUP list already, so perhaps it’s a sign that the five-time All-Pro is ready to go.
That would be great news for the Packers’ offense.
Injuries happen. There will be plenty of players missing time during training camp. It’s just part of it.
The hope is that no players on the PUP list are dealing with significant injuries and will be able to return in the near future.
The Packers’ first practice is next week.