The Detroit Lions are fairly healthy as they approach the start of training camp but that doesn’t mean their PUP list will be empty.
#Lions Golden Tate and Ziggy Ansah will begin training camp on the PUP list, source says.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 23, 2014
You can also add rookie wide receiver TJ Jones to make it a trio.
All three have dealt with various forms of shoulder ailments with Ansah adding a biceps tear to his list of injuries following his rookie season. Tate was held out of the team’s minicamp last month but expressed confidence he would be ready for training camp:
One-hundred percent (I’ll be ready),” Tate said, “100 percent. No doubt about it. We’ll see the doctors today and talk about whatever we need to talk about. Go from there. I want to be out there, though.
Jones also missed minicamp after having having arthroscopic surgery. His injury goes back to his time at Notre Dame and while surgery wasn’t initially required, the procedure was done after he re-aggravated it.
At this point there is no real cause for concern with any of the three. Starting on the PUP list is more of a procedural move at the start of camp for players who aren’t 100% healthy since the only way for NFL teams to utilize the PUP list is to place a player on it from the very beginning. Once practice starts, even just a single rep, a player can’t be placed on the PUP list. Players starting training camp on the PUP list can be taken off at any time.