Redskins cornerback Chase Minnifield and running back Tristan Davis are both expected to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list when training camp opens next week on July 25th.
Many of you are thinking...What is the PUP list?...Well I'm glad you asked!
Starting training camp on the PUP list simply means you cannot practice until you are cleared by the teams medical staff. Heading into training camp, teams are allowed 90 players on the roster. Any players on the PUP list DO count towards that 90. Players are allowed to remain on the PUP list for the first six weeks of the season. Following that, they have three weeks to be cleared to play. If they are not cleared within those three weeks, they remain on PUP list for the remainder of the season.
Minnifield underwent microfracture surgery to repair his knee over the winter. He since recovered and was even able to participate in Redskins minicamp this past June. He impressed a lot of people around the organization with his abilities at the corner position.
Minnifield, the son of former Cleveland Browns cornerback Frank Minnifield, accounted for 50 total tackles his senior season including three interceptions and one that he returned for a touchdown. The Redskins certainly got a steal as Minnifield was at one point projected to be a mid-round draft pick.
Running back Tristan Davis is entering his third season in the NFL with his fifth different team. Davis has also played for the Lions, Dolphins, Vikings, and Steelers.
Minnifield, while he did play during OTA's and minicamp, will still be undergoing rehab and observation from the Redskins medical staff. I do not anticipate Minnifield missing more than a couple weeks or so. We may not see him in the first or second preseason game, but he should be good to go by the fourth preseason game and week one of the regular season.
The Redskins are simply being cautious with a player that many believe can make a difference in the secondary. Minnifield impressed a lot of people even when he was limited due to his knee injury back in June. Don't be alarmed by him starting training camp on the PUP list. Most likely, he won't finish training camp there.
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Source: ESPN 980