At long last, training camp is here.
With players around the league finally returning to work, more than a few notable names are set to begin the summer on the preseason physically unable to perform list.
It's hardly a death sentence, as players can be lifted off the PUP at any time to join practice. Still, the designation gives us a fair glimpse at who's still working their way back.
Here's a look at some of the more notable PUPers to date:
- Bengals defensive behemoth Geno Atkinslanded on the list as he continues to mend from the torn ACL he sustained in October, per Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Don't rule out Atkins for a healthy start to the regular season, but we don't expect to see much from the disruptive defensive tackle before Week 1.
- It's not the PUP, but Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was placed on Buffalo's non-football injury list after failing his conditioning test. Dareus' lawyer also said Monday that the 24-year-old has entered a substance abuse program in an effort to get his offseason felony drug charges dismissed. Bills coach Doug Marrone announced Tuesday that Dareus will join the team "before lunch and soon after will begin work with the strength and conditioning staff."
- Rapoport reported that the Jaguars have placed wide receiver Ace Sanders on the non-football injury list, according to a source informed of the team's plans. Jacksonville also placed cornerback Alan Ball and linebacker Dekoda Watson on the PUP. On Tuesday, Sanders said he will face a four-game suspension.
- Per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons safety Zeke Motta and defensive tackle Corey Peters will be on the PUP list. While Falcons coach Mike Smith remains optimistic about Peters' return, Motta's career might be in jeopardy. "He's got an evaluation at some point in time in August, where he'll go back and see the doctors," Smith said. "They are going to be the ones making the call on when he'll be cleared to come back and participate."
- Cornerback Chris Harris is the lone Bronco on the team's PUP list, which means Von Miller is eligible to practice, according to USA Today's Lindsay Jones. Harris said last month that he was "85 percent" after suffering a partially torn ACL in the divisional round of the playoffs. He also told the Tulsa World that he's on a schedule to begin practicing July 28.
- Redskins defensive tackle Jason Hatcher is on the PUP list after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in late June. His recovery time is expected to be four to six weeks, though that's no guarantee. Washington also added defensive end Stephen Bowen and wideout Leonard Hankerson to the PUP, both for knee issues.
We'll continue to update this list as the names keep dropping.