Excerpt: "Every year, there are questions among the fans about the various roster designations and who is eligible for what list, etc. So I thought I’d put together a quick primer to help answer some of those questions.
Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) – Active
This designation probably created the most confusion, probably because there are two designations, active and inactive.
Let’s talk about active PUP first. Active PUP results when a player is unable to pass the physical exam given at the start of camp. The exam covers everything, from head to toe, and not just joints and bones, but also internal organs, vision, neurological functions, respiratory, etc.
Under the old CBA, if a player was placed on PUP to start training camp, he didn’t count against the training camp roster. However, that has changed with this most recent CBA. A player on PUP does count against the training camp roster even though he is not permitted to practice with the team. A player on active PUP will, however, is allowed to take part in meetings and classroom sessions.
So why place a player on active PUP if he’s going to count against the roster anyway? Because if the team believes there is a chance that the player won’t be ready to start the season within the first week or two, by placing him on active PUP, it makes the transition to inactive PUP easier. It’s easier to stash a player on PUP until he’s physically ready to return than to risk waiving him to get him through to injured reserve.
All players with less than four years of accrued experience are subject to the waiver wire. Giants fans will no doubt remember how the team tried to sneak tight end Jake Ballard on injured reserve only to lose him when the Patriots picked him up. Thus if the Giants have a situation with a player that they want in their long term plans, chances are they’re not going to risk trying to slip him through to injured reserve; rather, they’ll place him on PUP.
There is one other thing to remember about Active PUP. If a player takes the field after initially passing his training camp physical and then suffers an injury in his first practice, that player is NOT eligible for PUP because at the start of camp, the player was physically able to perform.
So if a player on active PUP still counts against the training camp roster then why bother to give him the designation?Great question. The reason is that by placing the player on active PUP, it makes it easier to slide him on the inactive PUP list to start the season if he’s still not ready to go come September
.If you think back to last year, the Giants placed Chris Canty and Travis Beckum on active PUP to start training camp. Neither of them were ready by the time the regular season ended and as a result, the Giants slipped them right on the inactive PUP list where they sat for six weeks.So keep that in mind when you see the list of players the Giants place on PUP to start camp. Chances are if those players are getting that designation, there are still questions in the team’s minds about if those guys will indeed be ready for the start of the season.
Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) – Inactive
As the name suggests, inactive PUP means that a player bearing this designation does NOT count against the 53-man roster (inactive PUP kicks into gear after the last roster cut down date).
As is the case with active PUP, a player with this designation can take part in all team activities except practices and games.
However, unlike active PUP, a player placed on inactive PUP to start the season must stay there for a minimum of six weeks. At the end of the league’s sixth regular season week, teams with players on PUP have a tree-week window to begin practicing with their team without counting against the active 53-man roster (the team is given an exemption that allows a player on PUP to practice.
Once the player begins practicing, the team then has a new tree-week window to decide whether to activate the player to the 53-man roster or to leave him on PUP for the rest of the season.
If a player on PUP is deemed ready to return to the roster, a corresponding move will need to be made to accommodate that player.
So for timing purposes, a player on PUP may be begin practicing as late as Week 9 of the NFL season, and the latest he can be added to his club’s active roster (assuming he begins practicing in Week 9) is Week 13.
Non-Football Injury (NFI)
Non-Football Injury (NFI) list, is functionally equivalent to PUP, but is used for players who are unable to practice because of conditions unrelated to football whereas PUP is used for players who were injured performing football related activities under the supervision of his club’s personnel." Read more...