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PUP for Hardy or DiGiorgio?

Posted by Chris Brown on June 11, 2009 – 3:47 pm

Still rehabbing from ACL surgery James Hardy and John DiGiorgio did not participate at all in the Bills’ OTA or minicamp practices. Their chances of participating are much greater for training camp in six weeks, but when asked if both could start camp on PUP, head coach Dick Jauron did not rule it out.

“Yes, it’s a possibility,” said Jauron.

Hardy has said several times he intends to be ready by the last week in training camp to practice fully. DiGiorgio figures to be even further ahead than Hardy having torn his ACL in Week 5 last season, where Hardy tore his in Week 15.

If PUP is a necessary step for either of them, it’s logical to think that both would be placed on Active-PUP, meaning as soon as they can pass their physical they would be able to come off PUP and practice.

If they’re put on Reserve-PUP then they would automatically be out until at least Week 6 of the regular season.

At that point they could begin a three week practice window giving the team some time to determine whether to activate the player or leave him on PUP for the remainder of the season.  However, I’d be very surprised if that happened.

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