We always hear about the pup during training camp and football season, but what the heck is it? how does it work? Does it affect my fantasy team? and what does it represent? Is it different from injured reserve? Let’s understand a crucial component of NFL injuries so you can be a more informed fantasy player.
worried about injured players? Check out this non-draft list of players returning from injury by Matthew Betz.
the list of physically unable to perform
puppy means ‘physically unable to perform’. In the world of football, you’ll commonly hear people refer to the acronym more often, hearing things like “Andrew Luck may start the season with the cub” or “Jordan Reed remains on the cub list. Okay, great, so you know your player is on an injured list but will he play this week when can i expect him to be back?
the cub has different rules during training camp than during the regular season. During training camp, players can be placed on the pup for football-related injuries at any time without penalty. teams can move the player to the active roster as soon as he can participate. because this allows more flexibility in the roster, you’ll often see teams using the pup more freely. This is why star players like Jordan Reed and Andrew Luck are in the Cub during training camp this season. as soon as they are healthy, they are activated on the roster and can be treated like any other player on the roster.
After the preseason is over, the pup operates a little differently. if a player is placed in the cub entering the season, they are required to stay out for a minimum of six weeks. at that point, teams have an additional five weeks in which they can decide whether or not to allow the player to start practicing. once a player begins practicing, teams have 21 days to decide whether or not to activate the player on the 53-player active roster. if the player does not start practicing within five weeks, or is not activated to the 53-man roster within 21 days of starting practice, they will be required to remain on the cub roster for the remainder of the season. /p>
A third commonly used injury designation is the injured reserve list, or go. Like the puppy, there are two types of go. the first type of go is used for players who have finished the year due to injury. Once placed on go, the player is not eligible to return for the remainder of the season, so it is common to see players placed on go after the season ends with injuries such as ACL tears. however, each team may use the ‘go/designated for return’ tag on two players each season. As the name implies, this player is eligible to return within the season. once the team makes use of this right, the rest of the team’s players must remain on the same team for the rest of the season.
remember that real-life injured reserve is very different than your place in fantasy football. In most leagues, you can move a player to a go spot once he has the “out” designation for a given week. however, once that player no longer has the out designation, you will most likely not be able to make any moves on the roster until you have taken that player out and placed him back on your bench.
Understanding these injury labels can be overwhelming at times, especially when making those difficult decisions to add or remove. I hope this article has been helpful and you can refer back to it as injuries come up this season, as they always do. after all, being the most educated fantasy player in your league can help you take home the #footclan title.