Three Saints defenders to start training camp on PUP list

7/24/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe New Orleans Saints will be starting training camp without three key defenders – Victor Butler, Roman Harper and Patrick Robinson – all three of whom were placed by the team on the physically unable to perform list. GM Mickey Loomis confirmed the move on Tuesday.
Victor Butler was one the Saints’ top free agent acquisitions this offseason, signing a two-year contract with the Saints in March after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Dallas Cowboys. The 6-foot-2, 248 pound Butler was the Saints’ projected strongside linebacker this season in new scheme under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. But Butler landing on the PUP list is not a big surprise as he tore his ACL in a collision with running back Mark Ingram during the last week of the Saints organized team activities in mid-June.
The 25-year-old Butler underwent offseason surgery to repair his Achilles tendon. Butler could remain sidelined for the entire 2013 season.
Outside linebacker Patrick Robinson suffered a minor knee injury during minicamp in early June. Last season, Robinson started all 16 games for the Saints, while recording three interceptions.
Although strong safety Roman Harper has been recently hobbled by an unspecified injury, he still practiced during some of the Saints OTAs. Harper was slated to start alongside first-round draft pick Kenny Vaccaro in the Saints’ secondary this season. He is entering his eight season in the NFL, after signing a contract extension with the Saints this May. Last season, Harper had three interceptions while starting all 16 games for the Saints.
A player can only be eligible to be placed on the PUP list before the start of training camp to become PUP eligible. Both Harper and Robinson could be still return to the field as they can be taken of the PUP list to be placed on the active roster at any point before the start of the regular season.
However, a player cannot be placed on the PUP list once he’s hit the field in a practice, regardless of the amount of time spent in the practice.
The New Orleans rookies reported to training camp on July 18, while veterans are scheduled to report on Thursday for full-squad practice.
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