The Miami Dolphins started training camp this morning and immediately made necessary roster moves. Under NFL rules, teams must place players on the Physically Unable to Perform list (PUP) list at the start of training camp, or else they do not have the option of placing them in the designation. For the Dolphins, that requirement meant transactions on both rookie wide receiver DeVante Parker and veteran safety Don Jones.
Parker underwent foot surgery in June, replacing a screw he had inserted in college. The surgery is not expected to impact his ability to play during the season, but missing the beginning of training camp was anticipated.
Jones is still recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained at the end of the 2014 season. He took part in some of the team's offseason training program, but appears to have suffered a setback that will slow him at the start of training camp.
The Dolphins also placed tight end Gerell Robinson on the Non-Football Injury list, with an undisclosed issue.
Players on the PUP list can be activated at any time during the preseason. The transaction is used to designate players who may not be ready for the start of training camp, and allows the teams the flexibility to decide to keep the player on the PUP list when the season starts, effectively shelving the player for the first six weeks of the season.
A third Dolphins player avoided the PUP list tag. Left tackle Branden Albert, who is likely not ready for a full return from the torn ACL and MCL he suffered last year, was left on the active roster. Even if he is slowed by the knee early in camp, it appears the Dolphins coaches and medical staff believe he is healthy enough to at least participate in some practice events.
The Dolphins will hit the field in their first public practice Thursday morning at 8am ET.