A look at injuries, as NFL teams head to training camps
NFL training camps are beginning, and teams are starting to place players on the PUP list.
The opening of camps is an exciting time on the calendar. The PUP List (physically unable to perform) can be intriguing at times. So, it's always newsworthy when the two intertwine, as they often do at this point in the summer.
Los Angeles Rams
The defending Super Bowl champion Rams are paying +1100 to repeat, as per Super Bowl odds. They have opened training camp with cornerback Jalen Ramsey still recovering from shoulder surgery this past June. However, after the team first thought they were going to place him on the PUP list, they reversed course.
Coach Sean McVay said that by not putting Ramsey on the list, he's able “to participate in a lot of the jog-throughs and above the neck stuff. To be able to have him out here with his teammates with all the different things we ask of him, he felt good about that."
Ramsey’s shoulder is expected to be 100 percent by the beginning of the season.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers are right behind the Rams on the Super Bowl favorites list, priced +1200. They currently have many significant players on the PUP list.
Surprise was rookie wide receiver Christian Watson, who will be leaned on heavily with the departure of Davante Adams. Watson’s injury has not been disclosed by the team.
Somewhat less surprising is left tackle David Bakhtiari, who was in just one game last season He tore an ACL at the end of the 2020 season.
Tight end Robert Tonyan is also on the list to begin the camp, working his way back from his own torn ACL suffered in Week 8 of last season. Tonyan wasn't able to participate in any offseason activities, and his availability for this season's Week 1 is not clear.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints are not expected to challenge the Buccaneers for NFC South supremacy. Early injury signs aren't expected to improve those prospects. Wide receiver Michael Thomas was once expected to return to the practice in the early days of camp, but has now been placed on the PUP list.
Thomas missed nine games in 2020 and all of 2021 in his efforts to come back from an injured ankle, so how good is when he eventually returns is debatable.
Defending AFC champion Bengals find themselves behind the non-playoff Chargers and Broncos on the odds board to win the Super Bowl. Cincinnati is paying +2000, half that number to win the conference, according to NFL odds.
An offseason of offensive line additions is expected to improve the team we saw lose in the closing minutes of Super Bowl LVI. Much of that line is beginning the season hurting already.
Free-agent signing Alex Cappa, slated to be the starting right guard, is on the PUP list. Projected right tackle La'el Collins was placed on the non-football injury list.
Bengal vets reported to training camp Tuesday, and the first practice camp session is Wednesday.
The Buffalo Bills are the current betting favorites to win Super Bowl LVII, but are expected to start the season with a limited (and possibly unavailable) Tre'Davious White. A torn ACL from last Thanksgiving has the star cornerback on the PUP list to begin the camp.
That was expected.
If he remains on the PUP list when camp ends, however, he will miss at least the first four weeks of the season. That’s the standard timeline for a typical ACL recovery.
There wasn’t an AFC team hammered by injuries last season more than the Ravens. So, not surprisingly, they are opening camp with a number of big names on the PUP list.
Left tackle Ronnie Stanley played in just one game in 2021 after just six in 2020. He is continuing to work himself back into shape, but Ravens' coach John Harbaugh is optimistic that Stanley will return sooner rather than later.
Running back J.K. Dobbins, cornerback Marcus Peters and fullback Gus Edwards all suffered ACL tears early last season. They are all beginning this camp on the PUP list. Peters is the most likely to return by Week 1, but his status is also uncertain.