In a move that wasn’t too much of a surprise, the New Orleans Saints placed linebacker Jonathan Vilma on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform(PUP) List.
Vilma has been rehabbing his injured knee since the end of last season and still has a bit more to go as far as being fully recovered. However, the firey defensive player is ready to get back to action. He posted this on his Twitter account yesterday:
Disappointed I’m missing the next 4 games on PUP… but no superbowl was ever won by wk 6 of the season
Although Vilma said he will miss the next four games, according to the NFL Players Association this is the actual document on the PUP rule,
A player who fails his club’s pre-season physical at the start of training camp may be placed by his club on the Physically Unable to Perform list. A player on PUP is eligible to receive his salary, but he is ineligible to participate in practices or games. However, a player on PUP is permitted to practice with his club and may be restored his club’s Active/Inactive list during a three-week period beginning the day after the sixth regular-season game and ending after the ninth regular-season game.
That means that Vilma would have to miss the next five games and not four. Also, it would depend on when the NFL views when he was placed on it.
If he was designated accorrding to the beginning of the season, then he would be activated after the October 21st game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If they view it as yesterday because of the appealed suspension, then he would be activated after the October 28th game against the Denver Broncos.
If Vilma is not activated after the sixth game, he may begin to practice with the team but a roster decision must be made withing three weeks after to either activate him or place him on injured reserve.