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Cincinnati added A.J. Hawk as a free agent this offseason and he worked with the first team in Burfict’s place during spring work. With Burfict looking like a candidate for the regular season PUP list, he may be in that spot for a while.

 

The Bengals also placed first-round tackle Cedric Ogbuehi on the non-football injury list because of the torn ACL he suffered while playing football for Texas A&M. Defensive end Margus Hunt (back) and linebacker Sean Porter (torn ACL) will also open camp on the PUP list while wide receiver James Wright has been waived/injured with a knee injury that is likely to require surgery. Wright will revert to injured reserve if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

 

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Sad news but not unexpected. Like many of you, I hope Tez sees the field again.

 

And you have to start wondering if Margus Hunt is near the end too. Injuries, lack of experience, lack of permanence, injuries, etc...

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From Bengals.com:

 

The PUP designations heading into training camp get people jacked up every year and they should really change the name to avoid the confusion.

 

The active/PUP list heading into camp is a lot different than the PUP list that appears at the final roster cut down. That final PUP list (physically unable to perform) is the one where the player doesn’t count on the final 53-man roster, but is ineligible to practice for the first six weeks of the season. The only way he can be eligible for that list is if he doesn’t practice at all in the preseason. Even if he takes one snap or one drill, he can’t go on regular-season PUP.

 

Going on PUP before camp, as linebacker Vontaze Burfict, right end Margus Hunt, and linebacker Sean Porter did on Tuesday, simply means they can’t practice until they pass a physical. Most teams start camp with a group of rehabbing players on PUP that will end up practicing at some point in camp. Last season Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins was on PUP all of three days before he started practicing.

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And from CincyJungle.com

 

There are two forms of the PUP list. There's the Active/Physically Unable to Perform the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform. The difference is rather significant, which may have a meditative-like calming effect. Active/PUP relates to players being unable to start training camp with a football-related injury.

 

There is no rule governing players to sit out of practice for any amount of time when on the Active/PUP list. Once they are medically cleared, they're allowed to practice immediately. For example Burfict, Porter, Hunt and Ogbuehi are eligible to practice once Cincinnati's medical staff clears them. At this point heading into training camp, every mention of PUP you're seeing around the league, refers to the Active/PUP.

 

Once you've practiced...

 

Once a player practices during training camp, all options of the Physically Unable to Perform list are off the table. For example, wide receiver Antonio Bryant came into training camp in 2010 with a serious knee issue. Because he practiced on the first day of camp (nominated for dumbest idea ever), he wasn't allowed on PUP and Cincinnati ended up eating his signing bonus and releasing him. Had the team placed him on Active/PUP, he could have been eligible for the Reserve/PUP list and been allowed to rehabilitate before Cincinnati was required to make a decision.

 

Active/PUP

 

Active/PUP is the less catastrophic designation, but it's also procedural for teams looking to place an injured player on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list (players are ineligible if they are taken off the Active/PUP list and allowed to practice). If, by the end of the preseason, a player hasn't been medically cleared, he's transferred to the Reserve/PUP list.

 

Reserve/PUP list

 

The Reserve/PUP list prevents players from playing and practicing during the first six weeks of the season -- players also do not count against the 53-man roster with this designation. If the player isn't activated after the sixth week, the team has a three-week window to make a decision: remain on PUP for the rest of the season, release, or activate. Last season we saw this happen with AJ McCarron who was activated to the team's 53 man roster.

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I hope that Vontaze can shake the injury bug and come back and have a strong season, but it doesn't look good. Even if he comes back this year, if he doesn't change the way he tackles, (which at this point in his career won't be easy), he is one hit away from being out for the season, and possibly his career. Hopefully Hawk has something left in the gas tank, he will probably be seeing a lot of action this year.

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Bengals have told Tez that he cannot post videos of his recovery.

 

That video he posted didn't look completely right to me. Not that one has anything to do with the other, other than I am not surprised by this development.

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Had a delivery for Burfict the other day, came to the door without a shirt on.......dude is "ripped" & tattoos all over the place. :eek:

 

Also, dude will talk your ear off.

 

Good to hear, I assume he is pretty cool?

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