The Miami Dolphins announced on Friday that they had placed two undrafted rookies on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Running back De’Veon Smith out of Michigan and tackle Eric Smith from Virginia both were placed on the active version of the PUP list, which can be used throughout training camp and the preseason. Miami’s rookies reported for training camp on Thursday.
The active/PUP list is used for players who are not able to start training camp due to a football related injury. The player is not allowed to practice as long as they remain on the list, but the team can remove the player from the list at any time once medical clearance is received. A player who practices at any point during training camp cannot then be added to the active/PUP list.
The reserve/PUP list is used during the regular season. A player is required to have been on the active/PUP list throughout training camp and the preseason to be transferred to the reserve/PUP list. He will then be forced to sit out at least the first six weeks of the regular season, during which time he does not count against the 53-man roster limit. Teams have a window of time after the six weeks to allow the player to begin practicing and, potentially, be activated, or they can transfer him to the injured reserve list, effectively ending his season.
The injuries to both players was not disclosed.