Many The Green Bay Packers started training camp for rookies today. Veteran players are to report by July 26. The Packers, however, will start camp with nine key players on the PUP list, including Christian Watson and Mason Crosby. Watson finally signed his rookie contract yesterday, and Crosby did not participate in on-field activities during OTAs.
The Packers placed 9 players on PUP, including TE Robert Tonyan, WR Christian Watson, OL Elgton Jenkins, K Mason Crosby and DL Dean Lowry.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 22, 2022
The placements of Robert Tonyan and Elgton Jenkins on the PUP (physically unable to play) list are not surprising. Both players are coming off of torn ACLs from last season. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky provided a list of all nine players:
Packers full PUP list from today’s transactions:
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) July 22, 2022
This means that David Bakhtiari, who missed last season with a torn ACL, expects to participate in training camp. Latest reports were that the team was 50-50 on whether or not he’d be ready for camp.
Packers PUP List Explanation
Whereas players placed on the Packers PUP list during the season must miss multiple weeks, players who are placed on the PUP list before camp can return anytime. This means that Crosby, Watson, and Lowry may still return before the season. However, Tonyan and Jenkins are not expected to return until mid-season at the earliest.
Do Not Worry About Christian Watson
According to Ross Uglem, the injury to Watson is not to be considered a serious one. He will not be out for long.
Source: the PUP issue with #Packers WR Christian Watson is not considered to be serious/long term and he is expected to be available sooner than later.
— Ross Uglem (@RossUglem) July 22, 2022
The Packers made Watson the highest-drafted wide receiver in franchise history since Javon Walker in 2002. According to those present at mandatory minicamp, he impressed in the snaps he took with Aaron Rodgers. His return to the field will be much anticipated for several reasons. As a kick returner in college, he averaged 25.4 yards per return. This position has been a glaring weakness on the Packers’ special teams since 1997.
Packers PUP List Leaves Questions at RB3
Going into training camp, many predicted Patrick Taylor would widely earn the Packers’ third running back position on the roster. However, as he will start camp on the Packers PUP list, that position is now open. Kylin Hill will start the season on the PUP as he too recovers from a torn ACL. This opens the door for undrafted rookies B.J. Baylor and Tyler Goodson to earn a spot on the roster.
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