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Reserve/PUP Hardy’s likely destination

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2009 – 12:22 pm

While it’s not a lock, there is a very strong likelihood that WR James Hardy is placed on Reserve/PUP when the Bills decide on their 53-man roster this weekend.

As we chronicled in ‘Hardy still hopeful’ on Buffalobills.com today the second-year wideout has been busting his tail since his mid-January surgery to repair his torn ACL. But Buffalo has one more practice this week today before Thursday’s preseason finale against Detroit, the game Hardy had targeted for his return.

At this point Hardy’s knee just doesn’t have the stamina to get through practice day in and day out, which is why he currently is on Active/PUP as he has been since the start of training camp.

Talking to Hardy yesterday even he seems to have come to the realization that being ready for Week 1 is probably not going to happen for him, even though his competitive drive is still telling him otherwise. 

“My head is telling me that I’m able to go right now. But when I do it and I start doing something I go to the extreme until I’m exhausted and can’t run out there with guys,” said Hardy of some of the defensive backs he’s had play against in his individual rehab training. “And then later on when I feel it (the soreness) I just think, man I shouldn’t have done that, they told me not to do too much and I did too much on this day. So I just don’t want to put myself in that position and just come back healthy. Hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later.”

So Hardy seems to realize that he would really have to push his knee at this time to be able to keep up for an entire practice each and every day with the team. And I think even he knows his knee isn’t able to do that right now. 

Buffalo’s athletic training staff is one of the best in the business. They don’t rush anything. Their philosophy is slow and steady and it has proven to be an effective one is getting Bills players back on the field for good without setbacks.

That’s why Reserve/PUP looks to be the best option for Hardy.

It would give him an extra two months to get his knee in top form and then he will have the chance to really show the coaching staff he’s ready to return and make an impact. It also makes life easier on the coaching staff to make their final roster decisions at receiver.

The coaches would be able to keep their top 6 (Evans, Owens, Reed, Parrish, Johnson, Jenkins) while Hardy takes the necessary time to be ready at midseason.


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