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Packers: Bishop, Zombo Also Fail Pre-Camp Physicals

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Packers: Bishop, Zombo Also Fail Pre-Camp Physicals

Packers coach Mike McCarthy revealed earlier Wednesday that both tight end Andrew Quarless and tackle Derek Sherrod had failed their pre-training camp physicals, and that list got a little longer once the team released their entire failed list to the NFL later in the day.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, fullback John Kuhn, linebacker Frank Zombo, guard Jaymes Brooks and nose tackle Johnny Jones also failed their physicals and were placed on the physically unable to perform list (PUP).

But the surprise name on the top of the list was starting linebacker Desmond Bishop, who was placed on the non-football injury list (NFI). The reason for his failed physical was not immediately known. Tom Silverstein of the Journal-Sentinel hoped to get more information on the fail Thursday.

Zombo's inclusion was also somewhat puzzling, as no reported injury had been tied to him this offseason. However, Zombo has been chronically absent because of injuries during his Packers career, and he missed most of last season due to a lingering hamstring injury.

If Zombo misses most of camp, you'd have to assume his roster spot is going to another player to start 2012.

One very important thing to remember here: The preseason PUP list is much different than regular season PUP.

A player that starts the preseason on the PUP list and stays there through training camp can then be placed on the regular season PUP list, which means sitting out the first six weeks of the season. For the preseason PUP, however, a player is listed who fails a physical pre-training camp, but said player is also eligible to come off the list at any time. For instance, if Bishop is healthy on Thursday, he could come off the PUP list and begin practicing with the team. But if at any point a player practices during camp, he becomes ineligible for the regular season PUP.

Kuhn (knee) and Sherrod (broken leg) are two players who are likely to come off the preseason PUP list sometime down the road.

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BubbaOne's picture

Incorrect re PUP...once a player practices during TC he's ineligible for regular season PUP. Rob D said it well in today's draft chat.
Rob Demovsky:
Glad you asked about PUP, Tony, because it's one of the most misunderstood things in the NFL. There are basically two PUP lists -- preseason and regular season. A player can't start the regular season on PUP if he's not on the preseason PUP list. And he can't go on the regular-season PUP list if he practices at any point during training camp. So essentially any player -- like Sherrod for example -- who doesn't pass his physical to start camp, begins the summer on PUP. If he's able to practice at some point during camp, he comes off it and therefore is ineligible to go on it to start the season. Also, if a player starts camp by practicing and then gets hurt, he cannot go on the PUP list.

mattsamp's picture

Zach described it accurately also.

Zach Kruse's picture

No, BubbaOne was right. I had to change a little bit of the language to make it more clear and accurate. Thanks again, Bubba.

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