The Miami Dolphins have activated running back Knowshon Moreno from the team's Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. At the start of training camp, teams can place players on the PUP list if they have not participated in any practice. They remain on the list, and unable to join the team workouts, until they are activated from the list, which can happen at any time. The players are allowed to conduct rehab work.
For Moreno, that rehab work focused on strengthening his left knee following arthroscopic surgery. He was expected to be sidelined for about a month following the procedure, and, with today's activation, he seems to be right on that timeline.
The Dolphins signed Moreno to a one-year contract this offseason, expecting him to compete with Lamar Miller for the starting position. After missing most of the team's offseason workouts and the first 10 practices of training camp, Moreno has a lot of ground to make up on Miller, who has had a good camp thus far.
The move leaves center Mike Pouncey as the only member of the Dolphins still on the PUP list. The benefit of the PUP list comes when the regular season starts, as a player who was listed on the team's Active/PUP during training camp and the preseason, can be moved to the Reserve/PUP for the regular season, which then frees a roster spot for the franchise. It does mean the player is shelved for the first six weeks of the season, but, it keeps the team from having to put a player like Pouncey, who is rehabbing a surgically repaired torn labrum in his hip, on Injured Reserve, and potentially losing him for the year.
Moreno was activated prior to Wednesday's practice, but he did not participate in most of the workout, participating in only some of the individual drills.