Packers’ PUP list: Derek Sherrod, DuJuan Harris, J.C. Tretter, Jerel Worthy, Mike Neal, Sean Richardson and Chaz Powell
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) July 26, 2013
The Green Bay Packers have placed seven players on the active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Thursday evening, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
The biggest surprise of the group is defensive lineman Mike Neal who took part in all the team’s practices open to the public during the offseason program.
Neal was also cross-trained at outside linebacker the past few months, making him one of the more intriguing players to watch entering training camp in 2013.
Maintaining a clean bill of health is a criticism that Neal just can’t seem to escape after being placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury after only two games during his rookie season in 2010 and playing in only seven games due to a knee injury in 2011.
The trend appeared to have abated in 2012 following a four-game suspension to open the 2012 season, and Neal missed only one game the rest of the season, again with a shoulder issue.
There’s been no indication what Neal’s injury may be to necessitate his placement on the PUP list.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com cites a source saying DuJuan Harris will be cleared to practice soon and that the Packers are merely being cautious after the running back had a cyst removed from his right lung this offseason.
It’s important to note the difference between the preseason active/PUP list and the regular season’s reserve/PUP list, which requires players to sit out at least the first six weeks of the year.
Players placed on the active/PUP list are eligible to practice as soon as they pass their physical.
One other surprise listing was safety Chaz Powell who also took part in the majority of the team’s offseason program. Along with Sean Richardson, perhaps their health was why the Packers recently signed Ryan McMahon at the position.
Most of the other players on the PUP list didn’t come as a surprise. Offensive lineman Derek Sherrod continues to come back from a broken leg suffered back in 2011. Jerel Worthy suffered a torn ACL in Week 17 last year. And rookie J.C. Tretter broke his ankle and tore ligaments during OTAs this spring.
Linebacker Jamari Lattimore was also placed on the non-football injury list, according to a report by Wilson. The nature of Lattimore’s ailment is unclear.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy should address the injuries and shed a little more light into their situations during his post-practice press conference on Friday.
The first training camp practice of 2013 is set to take place at 8:20 a.m. CT.