Mar 1, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State linebacker B J Ojulari (LB20) speaks to the press at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals activate BJ Ojulari from PUP

The Arizona Cardinals activated second-round draft pick BJ Ojulari (knee) from the physically unable to perform list on Monday.

The 21-year-old edge rusher has been on the PUP list since the start of training camp but was cleared to resume football work.

The Cardinals selected Ojulari with the 41st pick in this year’s draft out of LSU. He will compete for one of Arizona’s starting edge spots.

Ojulari played in 31 games in three years at LSU, logging 128 total tackles (78 solo), 16.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

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Sep 11, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young (99) looks on after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Commanders activate DE Chase Young from PUP to 53-man roster

The Washington Commanders activated defensive end Chase Young from the physically unable to perform list on Monday.

The return of the former No. 2 overall draft pick has been in the works for some time. Young has not played in more than a year — since injuring his right knee (torn ACL and MCL) on Nov. 14, 2021.

Young was designated to return to practice on Nov. 2, opening a 21-day window for his return to the active roster. There were hopes he would be able to play in Week 10 against the Philadelphia Eagles or Week 11 against the Houston Texans, but the Commanders held off before adding him to the 53-man roster.

Wednesday would have marked the end of the 21-day window, after which Young would have had to move onto season-ending injured reserve.

Coach Ron Rivera did not go as far as to say that Young will play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

“We will work him with the intent that he’s ready to play,” Rivera said. “If he’s not, then we’ll wait another week. He’s ready to go as far as being activated.”

Rivera said the most important thing is to see Young consistently and confidently “cut it loose” during practice.

“We want to make sure he’s confident, no hesitation,” Rivera said. “… You start to see it, especially when he’s not thinking about it. I watch it very closely and every now and then check to make sure it’s fine. We want to make sure because the last thing we want is for him to get back out there and hurt it again.”

Young recorded nine sacks, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 70 total tackles in 24 career games (all starts) over his first two seasons. He was the 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year after putting up 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three recoveries.

The Commanders (6-5) are coming off back-to-back wins against the Eagles and Texans and are in the thick of the NFC playoff race entering Sunday’s home game against the Falcons (5-6).

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Jul 28, 2021; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers defensive back Jason Verrett (2) during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility.  Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers place CB Jason Verrett on PUP list

The San Francisco 49ers placed veteran cornerback Jason Verrett on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Tuesday.

The transaction means Verrett will miss at least the first four games of the regular season.

Verrett, 31, suffered a torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2021 season. It marked the third season of his eight-year career in which he played exactly one game due to injuries. He also missed the entire 2018 season due to a torn Achilles tendon.

In seven seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2014-17) and Niners (2019-21), Verrett has recorded 145 tackles, seven interceptions and 26 pass breakups across 40 career games (36 starts). He was a Pro Bowler in 2015.

The 49ers also released tight end Tanner Hudson, waived linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel, waived offensive lineman Sam Schlueter with an injury designation and placed defensive lineman Kalia Davis on the reserve/non-football injury list ahead of Tuesday afternoon’s deadline to get their active roster down to 80 players.

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Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White (27) breaks up a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Bills delay roster decision on CB Tre’Davious White

The Buffalo Bills won’t make a roster move regarding star cornerback Tre’Davious White until they absolutely must.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane told reporters Tuesday that the team is delaying its decision on whether the injured White would need to begin the season on the physically unable to perform list.

“We’re trying to run out the clock here. It gives us another week,” Beane said of White. “I know people want answers (about a return date). Candidly, we don’t have them.”

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, White tore his ACL during a Thanksgiving Day win over the New Orleans Saints last year. He’s been on the PUP list throughout training camp.

The Bills could activate White and include him on their Week 1 roster, but if they place him on reserve/PUP before the final roster cut deadline next Tuesday, he would have to miss the first four games of the regular season. By not making the move yet, the team is holding out hope that he could be ready for Week 1.

White, 27, has spent the first five seasons of his NFL career with Buffalo and played in 72 games, all starts. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2019 along with earning Pro Bowl nods in 2019 and 2020. He has 16 interceptions, 60 pass breakups, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 279 tackles for his career.

Beane was more certain of the fate of guard Ike Boettger, telling reporters Boettger would remain on the PUP list entering the regular season and miss at least the first four games. Boettger tore his left Achilles tendon and had surgery in December.

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Aug 13, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Injured Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young looks on from the bench against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Commanders DE Chase Young (knee) out 4 games

Defensive end Chase Young will miss at least the first four games of the NFL season after the Washington Commanders placed him on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Tuesday.

Young, 23, tore his right ACL and MCL on Nov. 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had reconstructive surgery, and his recovery is continuing. Coach Ron Rivera previously said Young wouldn’t be ready for Week 1, when the Commanders open the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The first game he’s eligible to play would come Oct. 9 against the Tennessee Titans.

Washington selected Young with the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2020, and he earned Pro Bowl and Defensive Rookie of the Year honors that season with 44 tackles, 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 15 starts.

Injuries limited him to nine games last season, and he contributed 26 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

The Commanders are expected to replace Young with James Smith-Williams and Casey Toohill.

Also Tuesday, the Commanders put backup center Tyler Larsen on the PUP list as he deals with an Achilles injury. They released wide receiver Kelvin Harmon and tackle Rashod Hill, and placed linebacker Nathan Gerry on the reserve/injured list.

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Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) defends against Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams CB Jalen Ramsey to start camp on PUP list

Los Angeles Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Ramsey underwent surgery on his left shoulder over the offseason. He tweeted a photo of himself with a sling on that shoulder last month. He claimed on a podcast appearance that he played more than half the season with two AC joints sprained.

The 27-year-old is still expected to be ready for ready for the 2022 season opener.

“When we did do that surgery on him, obviously most importantly was how he felt about it, but then with the goal in mind of, alright, attack the rehab the right way and, most importantly, be ready for Sept. 8 ready to go,” coach Sean McVay told reporters Friday. “So we’ll be smart about that progress for him.”

Ramsey played in 16 games (all starts) in 2021, matching his career high with four interceptions and adding 77 tackles with 16 pass breakups. He was named a first-team All-Pro for the second straight year and third time in his career as the Rams went on to win the Super Bowl.

He has 15 interceptions in 91 games (90 starts) with the Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-21) since Jacksonville drafted him fifth overall in 2016.

The Rams also placed linebacker Travin Howard, safety Quentin Lake and rookie running back Kyren Williams on the PUP list to start camp.

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Jun 2, 2021; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Football Team wide receiver Curtis Samuel (10) looks on during drills as part of an OTA at Inova Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

WFT’s Curtis Samuel, Greg Stroman open camp on PUP list

On the first day of its training camp, the Washington Football Team placed wide receiver Curtis Samuel and cornerback Greg Stroman on the physically unable to perform list.

Among other moves, Washington also placed tackle Cornelius Lucas on the COVID-19 list and safety Deshazor Everett and defensive tackle Tim Settle on the “non-football illness list.”

Samuel was Washington’s biggest free-agent signing of the spring, earning a three-year, $34.5 million contract. In his first four NFL seasons playing for the Carolina Panthers, Samuel had 185 receptions for 2,087 yards and 14 touchdowns plus five rushing touchdowns in 53 games (32 starts).

A groin injury kept Samuel out of his first minicamp with Washington, and it’s believed to be the same reason he is starting camp on the PUP list.

Stroman, a seventh-round draft pick by Washington in 2018, has only played in five games across the last two seasons after 15 in his rookie year. He has 38 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception as a pro.

–Field Level Media