While we wait to see how many of the Pittsburgh Steelers players will ultimately begin training camp on the team’s Active PUP list, we now know those who will miss at least some practice time for the Baltimore Ravens.
Ahead of the entire Ravens team reporting to training camp on Wednesday, it was announced on Saturday that six of their players will be placed on Active PUP. That list includes outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, wide receivers Steve Smith Sr.and Breshad Perriman, running back Trent Richardson and cornerback Jumal Rolle.
Several reporters who follow the Ravens closely expect Suggs, Smith, Dumervil and Perriman to return at some point during training camp, and subsequently be ready to play by the first week of the regular season. Smith and Suggs are both recovering from season-ending Achilles injuries suffered last season, while Perriman, the Ravens first-round draft pick in 2015, is still attempting to overcome a knee injury that cost him his entire rookie season. Dumervil, on the other hand, underwent offseason foot surgery after playing in all 16 regular season games last year for Baltimore.
The Ravens recent PUP announcement didn’t include several key players, however, as quarterback Joe Flacco, tight end Dennis Pitta and cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Will Davis all appear to be ready to participate at some level at the start of training camp. Flacco suffered a season-ending knee injury last November, while Pitta missed the entire 2016 season with a fractured hip. Jimmy Smith had his 2015 season cut short by a lisfranc injury while Davis suffered a season-ending ACL tear last year.
Active PUP means that players can’t practice with the rest of the team until removed from the list. Once that occurs, players are no longer eligible for the Reserve PUP list at the start of the regular season.
The Ravens first training camp practice is scheduled to take place on Thursday and they will open their 2016 regular season at home against the Buffalo Bills. Their first of two games against the Steelers won’t take place until Week 9, which immediately follows their bye.