Schwartz uncertain which Lions will be on PUP list
When players report to Lions training camp on Friday they'll go through a conditioning station that will play one factor in deciding which players will start the season on the physically unable to perform list. Players will also go through conditioning tests on Saturday morning before the first session of training camp at 3 p.m. Decisions on placing players on the PUP list will be made around lunchtime on Saturday.
Coach Jim Schwartz said today (Thursday) that safety Ko Simpson, who didn't finish the season due to a knee injury, is one candidate for PUP. Originally it was thought Simpson's knee injury was not as serious as some of the others. Schwartz admitted it has lingered, but also the coach has not seen him in a month.
Schwartz said any of the players who weren't able to finish last season are PUP candidates. That list includes three who underwent ACL surgery -- TE Brandon Pettigrew, RB Kevin Smith and CB Jack Williams.
"We'll probably err on the side of caution on some of those also. When we have injured players, when they get back into practice, they don't just get released into the general population right away. We ease them in,'' Schwartz said. l