This week it was essentially confirmed that both Byron Jones and DeMarcus Lawrence will begin training camp in Oxnard on the PUP list. They are not alone in that regard.
On Thursday afternoon it was reported by ESPN that defensive end Tyrone Crawford will be joining his defensive teammates on the list thanks to recovery from a hip injury. This isn’t ideal, but it’s far from the end of the world, and it’s a lot better than the other news people thought could be coming with regards to Crawford (in relation to his offseason misstep).
The report also indicates that wide receiver Noah Brown will begin on PUP as well. Things are relatively alright for the Cowboys on the injury front as camp begins, it could obviously be a lot worse.
A reminder on what exactly the PUP list is:
What is the PUP list?
The Physically Unable to Perform list is a designation given to injured players prior to training camp. If a player is placed on the PUP list, they are ineligible to practice with the team because of a football-related injury.
When can a player go on the PUP list?
A player must be placed on the PUP list before training camp. Any players that suffer injuries after the start of training camp cannot be placed on the PUP list. They may be placed on injured reserve (IR), which would end their season. (Side note: Players placed on IR during the preseason are not eligible to return that season. If placed on IR during the start of the regular season, a player may return to practice after six weeks, and return to play after eight weeks).
During the preseason, a player on the PUP list counts against the 90-man roster.
If the player is still injured at the end of the preseason, the team may choose to place the player on the regular season PUP (officially known as the reserve-PUP list). A team cannot place a player on the regular season PUP unless that player started training camp on the PUP list and was never removed from it. A player on the regular season PUP list does not count against the 53-man roster.
It’s officially training camp season.