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Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) List

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Definition Of Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) List

1. The physically unable to perform list, more commonly known as the PUP list, is a list in football that a player is placed on when they are suffering from a football related injury during the preseason. A player that is on the preseason PUP list may participate in team meetings and use their team’s medical and training facilities, but they are not allowed to participate in team practices.

It is important to remember that there are two separate PUP lists: the preseason PUP List and the regular season PUP List.

While on the physically unable to perform list during the preseason, the player can be taken off the PUP list and moved to the active roster at any time during the preseason. However, if  a player has taken the field at all during training camp, even for only one play, they are then ineligible to be placed on the PUP list.

When a player is still unable to practice or play at the end of the preseason due to their football related injury, they can then be placed on the regular season PUP list. However, when placed on the regular season PUP list, they are required to sit out the first six games of the regular season that their team plays, regardless if they are healthy enough to play before the sixth game. Another difference in the rules between the preseason and regular season PUP lists is that while on the regular season PUP list, a team has five weeks to decide when to allow the player to start practicing. Once the player begins practicing, the team then has an additional 21-days to decide whether or not to remove that player from the PUP list and on to the active roster. Once either deadline has passed (missing the team’s first six games or after the 21-days of participation), and the team has not made a decision, that player is then automatically placed on the PUP list for the remainder of the regular season.

It is also important to remember that while on the PUP list, the player does not count toward the 53-man active roster limit total.

Examples Of Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) List

1. With the preseason over, Foster’s high ankle sprain has still prevented him from practicing with the team. He will then begin the year on the regular season PUP list and won’t be eligible to play until week eight, since his team has week seven bye and he’s required to miss the team’s first six games.

Sport The Term Is Used

1. Football

Also Seen As:

1. PUP List
2. P-U-P List

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