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Gronkowski, Edelman, Ballard start camp on PUP list

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The Patriots are going to be short on tight ends during practices early in camp.

Rob Gronkowski and Jake Ballard have both been placed on the physically unable to perform list to start camp, which bars them from practicing with the rest of the team until they drop the designation. No one should be surprised by either move.

Gronkowski was never expected to be full speed to open camp after having back and forearm surgeries this offseason and placing him on the PUP list in camp keeps open the possibility of having him on the list for the regular season if he won’t be ready to play in the first six weeks. Ballard has been rehabbing from a very serious knee injury for a year and a half and his movements during spring work didn’t draw too many compliments from media watching the workouts, although Ballard’s still been mentioned as a potential beneficiary of Aaron Hernandez’s absence.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman is also on the PUP list as he continues his recovery from foot surgery. As the only wide receiver with extensive prior experience in the Patriots offense, Edelman could earn a sizable role in the offense once he’s able to return to the field.

Offensive lineman Nick McDonald is also on the PUP list, which defensive lineman Armond Armstead wound up on the non-football illness list. All players are eligible to come off the lists at any time this summer.

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11 Responses to “Gronkowski, Edelman, Ballard start camp on PUP list”
  1. jnbnet says: Jul 23, 2013 8:05 AM

    Ballard….a year and a half rehab….and still on the PUP? We won’t have to worry about him failing an HGH test.

  2. peezwizz says: Jul 23, 2013 8:24 AM

    forgot about Armstead, looking forward to see what he does in camp.

  3. yojoemama says: Jul 23, 2013 8:25 AM

    Patriots are toast.

  4. Navy Teacher says: Jul 23, 2013 8:54 AM

    I’m just curious, but how can AP and RGIII come back from ‘very serious knee injuries’ in about 8 months yet Ballard is still struggling 18 months later. Was his injury that much different than the other two guys?

  5. whatnojets says: Jul 23, 2013 8:55 AM

    Waiting for all 53 to be put on PUP list on September 10th!!

  6. jimmyt says: Jul 23, 2013 9:03 AM

    Yes, toast and cheaters.

  7. irkjames says: Jul 23, 2013 9:04 AM

    “whatnojets says:
    Jul 23, 2013 8:55 AM
    Waiting for all 53 to be put on PUP list on September 10th!!”

    Or probation.

    Giselle Bundchen might get arrested for not paying Tom Brady his allowance.

  8. mrbigg59 says: Jul 23, 2013 9:19 AM

    Toast and cheaters is what I had for breakfast.

  9. peezwizz says: Jul 23, 2013 9:55 AM

    I love watching TB12 toss the pigskin. Another season to prove why he’s a first ballot HOFer.

  10. ampats says: Jul 23, 2013 11:27 AM

    hey jimmyt/sj39,

    Are you still going to follow the Rams after they move out of St. Louis following the 2014 season?

  11. crappygovernment says: Jul 23, 2013 2:06 PM

    Who the heck is Ryan Mallett anyway? That guy never went 8-5 with a playoff win vs. the NFL and every anti-Christian hater like the Lord’s Qb, Tim Tebow, did in 2011.

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