Earlier today, the New England Patriots placed three players on the active/PUP list: WR Wes Welker, OLB Shawn Crable, and DL Kade Weston. The active/PUP list is different than the reserve/PUP list in that players can come off the active list at any time whereas a player on the reserve list must wait until after Week 6 to begin practicing with the team. While there was tons of optimism that Welker would hit the field Day One of training camp Thursday, it looks like Bill Belichick will play it safe with Wes and further evaluate his recovery from ACL surgery. It’s still possible that Welker could be removed from the list before Thursday, but he will liekly remain on the list for a week or two before hitting the field.
As for Weston and Crable, there is no news on those two players. It’s possible that one or both are hurt or did not pass the conditioning test. Weston is a rookie who is likely more of a practice squad candidate at this point until we can see what he can do on an NFL field. Crable, who was drafted in the 3rd round in 2008, has yet to play a game in a Patriots uniform and his presence on this list is troubling. With the need for pass-rushing outside linebackers, Crable certainly has value if he can show some of the talent that made him a third-round pick. We’ve been waiting for him to contribute, only to be teased and see him placed on IR. I guess if you’re a “cup is half full” kind of person, at least he’s not on the reserve/PUP list or IR (yet).
I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Steve Goozey to Musket Fire to contribute his insight on the Patriots. If you haven’t seen his first post where he discusses the ongoing Tom Brady saga, check it out by clicking here.