A few days ago, the Cowboys released a list of players who had been placed on the dreaded PUP (physically unable to perform) list. Some of the players, such as Mike Jenkins, Danny Coale, who has a broken foot, and Mackenzie Bernadeau, who is recovering from hip surgery, were expected to be on the PUP roster. On the other hand, Cowboys Nation was very disappointed to see 2012 fourth-rounder Matt Johnson's name appear on the list, due to a nagging hamstring injury.
Perhaps the primary source of disappointment was the fact that Johnson had already missed the bulk of the offseason program because his college, Eastern Washington, was on the quarter system. As a result, he has been able to practice with the team exactly once, during the final day of the final minicamp. The thought that he would miss further time was cause for consternation, given the hope that Johnson would prove to take his collegiate playmaking ability (he had 17 interceptions at EWU) to Dallas at a position, safety, where big plays have been in short supply in recent years.
Well, we can now breathe a collective sigh of relief. On Sunday, the Cowboys took Johnson off of the PUP list, which means that he has been cleared to practice on Monday. If the football gods are kind, he'll therefore get a full training camp to try to make the sizeable leap from small-school success to the biggest of big shows. Johnson possesses top-rung NFL measurables; all he needs is time to gain confidence in them and to grasp the complexities of a pro system. Now he'll get that time.
Given how high the Cowboys are on him, and the glaring need at safety, this cannot be construed as anything other than excellent news.