Report: James White could start season on PUP list

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Running back James White is trying to come back from a hip injury that ended his 2021 season and he was not a full participant at Patriots workouts this spring.

White was strictly in rehab mode as he waits to receive full clearance for a return to football activities. The wait for that clearance could leave White without a spot on the team’s 53-man roster to open the season.

Mike Reiss of left White off his most recent projection for the Patriots’ season-opening roster while noting that he’s a candidate for the regular season version of the physically unable to perform list.

In a change to the rules this year, any player placed on that list at the start of the season must remain on it for four games before they can be added to the active roster. It was previously six weeks. Players on the training camp PUP list cannot take part in practice, but are eligible to be activated at any time.

Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, fourth-round pick Pierre Strong Jr., and sixth-round pick Kevin Harris are the backs that Reiss projects to be on the initial Patriots roster.

7 responses to “Report: James White could start season on PUP list

  1. White was a great player, especially in the SB against Atlanta….but I think his better days are behind him. BB should spend his capital on rebuilding the woeful defense that we all saw against the Bills.

  2. Whenever I hear “experts”and fans making predictions on how teams will do 3 to 6 months before the start of a season I have to laugh, because when it comes to pro sports, football especially, so much of a team’s success or lack of it can depend on the severity of injuries and how teams can work around them.
    Luckily in this instance NE appears to have an abundance of talent at RB, so losing J. White for the first 6 games shouldn’t have a major negative effect in the win-loss column.
    And coming off his injury, not playing before game 7 may help his wear and tear for the remaining 11 or more games as well.

  3. The MVP of Super Bowl LI. Honorable mention to Hightower and the rest of the defense that shut out the league MVP in the 4th quarter and made the comeback possible.

    Bailed out Tommy who threw a dreadful INT pick 6 to put them way behind and should have had a second to lose the game if Edelman didn’t bail him out with a spectacular catch.

  4. Great player for sure; SB mvp? Only to those desperately grasping for a way to detract from Brady’s unprecedented greatness on the sideline and field giving the entire roster the GUTS it took when anyone else would have quit. You can hear Hightower starting to quit, long even admits he gave up but Brady wouldn’t let ‘em.

  5. SB mvp? Only to those desperately grasping for a way to detract from Brady’s unprecedented greatness on the sideline

    Tom Brady said James White deserved the MVP and he is right. Finis.

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