When Kansas City Chiefs rookies, quarterbacks and injured players See you at training camp Friday, July 22there will likely be a few transactions made to add players to the active/PUP roster.
This is done for players who are deemed physically unable to attend training camp due to a football-related injury. Players who are placed on the Active/PUP roster can participate in Chiefs team meetings, do solo conditioning, and work with the team’s coaching staff. They are simply prohibited from training with the team as long as they remain on the PUP list. Players who are on the active/PUP roster count as part of the off-season 90 roster and they can be activated from the PUP roster at any time during training camp.
Should a player remain on the PUP roster during training camp, they will be sent to the reserve/PUP roster to start the season. From there, players must now wait until four regular season games have passed before you can resume training. Once back in training, the team will then have a 21-day window to activate the player in the roster of 53 players. If a player is not activated during this window, the Chiefs will be forced to place them on injured reserve.
There are three players in particular who look like they could be heading for a stay on the active/PUP roster at the start of Chiefs 2022 training camp. Here’s a quick look at each:
RT Lucas Niang
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niang suffered a torn patellar tendon in week 17 from last season and is the most likely candidate for the active/PUP roster. He was not participating in OTAs and mandatory minicamp practices, which was expected.
The most recent timeline we received from the team came after Niang flew in to do an MRI. Brett Veach suggested that Niang’s progress had been good but that he was unlikely to be ready to leave at the start of training camp.
“With bigger guys you’re always worried, especially with this injury – I’ll defer to Rick for sure, but just in general his timeline, Rick was excited about the degrees of flex and flexibility,” Cow said. “It was a check-plus, so that means it was where it needed to be. He is on time. And again, I don’t know if Rick had mentioned that, and at some point he will. I think (Niang being ready) at the end of training camp is something that could happen, but he’s definitely on target where he needs to be.
It seems like training camp ending is a possibility, but it’s also possible that he’ll start on the active/PUP roster and end up on the reserve/PUP roster to start the year.
WR Justin Ross
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Ross was absent from the team’s mandatory minicamp, but the Chiefs never revealed the reason. They are not required to report injuries at this stage of the offseason program. Many feared the worst for Ross, who saw injuries limit his success during his college career. Unfortunately, it appears his absence is injury-related.
Arrowhead Report’s Zack Eisen shared recent photos of Ross on Instagram where he was seen using a walking boot and a stroller on his left foot, which is the same foot that was injured last season at Clemson.
If it’s the same injury in college, it’s possible the Chiefs could put Ross on the non-football injury (NFI) list. It’s similar to the PUP list, but it clarifies that the injury occurred outside of his time in the NFL. This is an important distinction to make when dealing with contractual disputes related to personal injury benefits. If this is a new injury, Ross would likely be placed on the active/PUP roster to start camp.
CB Rashad Fenton
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After the 2022 NFL Draft, Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach revealed that Rashad Fenton was in rehab after undergoing what he believed was off-season shoulder surgery. We haven’t received an updated schedule for Fenton since then, but Veach said they’re hopeful he’ll be ready for the start of training camp. Fenton was absent from OTAs and the mandatory minicamp, so it’s hard to say if he wants to be ready for training camp. If he’s not ready, it stands to reason that the team would place him on the active/PUP roster, if only for a short time.