New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, who is still recovering from a torn ACL, will start training camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
But Barkley will not be alone. He will be joined by five other players including offensive lineman Matt Peart (back), center Jonotthan Harrison (hamstring), tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot), linebacker Oshane Ximines (hamstring) and rookie cornerback Aaron Robinson (core muscle).
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The presence of Barkley on the PUP list should not come as much of a surprise. It was anticipated although not guaranteed, and doesn’t mean he’ll be unavailable come Week 1 of the regular season.
It should also come as little surprise that Rudolph, who underwent offseason foot surgery, and Ximines also landed on the PUP list. The same is not true for Peart or Robinson, however.
Peart is in line to battle veteran Nate Solder for the starting job at right tackle, so landing on PUP dramatically alters that competition. And while Robinson wasn’t in line to compete for a starting job, it’s not beneficial for the third-round pick’s early development to be sidelined out of the gate.
Players on the Active/PUP list can be activated at any point throughout training camp. If they remain on the list as the team reduces its roster to 53 men, they must either be activated or reverted to the Reserve/PUP list. Players on the Reserve/PUP list are required to miss the first six weeks of the regular season.
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