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Patriots players spend an average time of 16 days on the PUP list

Don’t panic- the Patriots will take the field sooner than you would expect!

The New England Patriots have placed seven players on the training camp Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which means that they have to pass a physical examination before returning to the field.

The list includes six players that started last season and free agent signing Clay Harbor. Wide receivers Julian Edelman (foot) and Danny Amendola (ankle) are recovering from surgeries, while sophomore linemen Shaq Mason (knee) and Tre Jackson (knee) are hoping they still have a roster spot. The absence of Mason and Jackson means that newcomers Joe Thuney and Jonathan Cooper will have a real shot of winning the starting jobs.

Veteran tackle Sebastian Vollmer isn’t a stranger to the PUP list and started the 2012 season on the list. His placement on the list helps explain why the Patriots signed tackle Kyler Kerbyson as line depth.

Running back Dion Lewis and Mason had returned to practice earlier this offseason, which might cause people to scratch their heads about their inclusion on the PUP list. Players like left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Josh Kline, and defensive backs Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon didn’t practice, but they look to be available for camp.

My message to Patriots fans is to take a deep breath and not panic. The Patriots place people on the list all the time. In fact, they put tight end Jake Ballard on the list in 2013 and removed him the same exact day. There are multiple cases of players getting off the list in the first week back at camp and I wouldn’t be surprised if Lewis, Mason, and Harbor fell into that category.

Edelman, Amendola, and Vollmer, on the other hand, could take a few weeks to return. They are crucial to the team’s offensive success and head coach Bill Belichick will ensure they are fully healthy before activating them. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jackson was placed on the injured reserve as the team tries to work through his knee injuries.

I’ve created a list of players the Patriots have placed on the PUP list over the past four seasons and when they have been removed. Of the 26 players that have been placed on the PUP list, three have been placed on the injured reserve, three have been placed on the PUP list to start the season, and three have been outright cut for failing their physical. The other 17 players returned to the field after an average stretch of 16 days.

Check out the full list below:

Year Pos Player On Off Days
2012 LB Brandon Spikes 7/24/2012 7/25/2012 1
2012 WR Jeremy Ebert 7/24/2012 8/5/2012 12
2012 OL Logan Mankins 7/24/2012 8/12/2012 19
2012 OL Sebastian Vollmer 7/24/2012 8/19/2012 26
2012 TE Daniel Fells 7/24/2012 8/19/2012 26
2012 DL Myron Pryor 7/24/2012 IR IR
2012 TE Jake Ballard 7/24/2012 IR IR
2013 TE Jake Ballard 7/23/2013 7/23/2013 0
2013 WR Julian Edelman 7/23/2013 8/1/2013 9
2013 TE Rob Gronkowski 7/23/2013 8/30/2013 38
2013 OL Nick McDonald 7/23/2013 CUT CUT
2013 DL Armond Armstead 7/23/2013 IR IR
2014 DL Tommy Kelly 7/21/2014 7/26/2014 5
2014 CB Alfonzo Dennard 7/21/2014 7/29/2014 8
2014 WR Matthew Slater 7/21/2014 7/31/2014 10
2014 DL Dominique Easley 7/21/2014 8/11/2014 21
2014 WR Aaron Dobson 7/21/2014 8/11/2014 21
2014 WR Jeremy Gallon 7/21/2014 8/18/2014 28
2015 DL Dominique Easley 7/27/2015 8/1/2015 5
2015 WR Matthew Slater 7/27/2015 8/10/2015 14
2015 OL Ryan Wendell 7/27/2015 8/25/2015 29
2015 DL Vince Taylor 7/27/2015 CUT CUT
2015 LB Chris White 7/27/2015 CUT CUT
2015 DL Chris Jones 7/27/2015 PUP PUP
2015 LB Dane Fletcher 7/27/2015 PUP PUP
2015 WR Brandon LaFell 7/27/2015 PUP PUP