Dec 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints nose tackle John Jenkins (92) and outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Saints NT John Jenkins to start on PUP List

As we rapidly approach the start of New Orleans Saints training camp this Friday, the team announced a couple of moves today.

The Times-Picayune’s Katherine Terrell reports that starting nose tackle, John Jenkins, is starting training camp on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) List.

New Orleans Saints nose tackle John Jenkins, who missed OTAs after having pectoral surgery, has been placed on the physically unable to perform list to begin training camp. The first practice of camp is Friday at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

It’s not exactly the worst news for Jenkins, but many feared that this would happen. As Terrell further points out in the article, other Saints (Marques Colston, Victor Butler, and Patrick Robinson) started training camp last year on the PUP List. Jenkins will be held out of practices, but will still be able to participate in meetings and be part of team events. Jenkins is a huge presence on the Saints front line, as he took nearly 70% of the team’s defensive snaps at nose tackle last season over veteran Brodrick Bunkley. Jenkins was a key piece in helping the Saints defense becoming the fourth ranked defense last season.

Linebacker Parys Haralson suffered a similar injury (torn pectoral muscle) in the Wild Card round against the Philadelphia Eagles, and recovered fine from the injury. There’s much optimism for Jenkins, but there’s currently no set timetable for his return.

Linebacker Cheta Ozougwu, who joined the team from the Chicago Bears during the offseason in May, will also start training camp on the PUP List. Rookie offensive tackle, Tavon Rooks, will start training camp on the non-football injury list.

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