Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress disclosed moments before his team’s opening practice of 2010 Verizon Vikings Training Camp that 2 players – CB Cedric Griffin and WR Sidney Rice – would begin camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
There are 2 versions of the PUP list – Active/PUP and Reserve/PUP – and the details of each are confusing. After conversations with Rob Brzezinski and Rick Spielman, I’m now aware of the distinctions between the 2 lists. The details are too much to get into right now on the blog, so let’s just keep going.
Basically, Griffin and Rice are unable to participate in practice for now but can be removed from the Active/PUP list during camp, which will allow them to fully participate in training camp and the preseason.
Griffin landed on the PUP list because he’s coming off a knee injury that he sustained in the NFC title game last year. Childress said Griffin has “done a great job with his rehab” but that placing him on the PUP list for now is the prudent move.
Rice is on the PUP list because of hip injury he suffered at some point in the playoffs last year. The injury bothered him enough to cause him to miss the Pro Bowl and then Childress said the injury had flared up throughout the offseason. Although Rice was able to participate in some of the team’s mandatory minicamp, it’s caused enough discomfort that surgery was considered at one point after the minicamp. Ultimately, Rice will begin camp on the sidelines but it sounds as if he could return soon.
The good news, though, is that MLB E.J. Henderson was on the field, just 7 months after fracturing his femur. Childress has praised Henderson’s attitude and work ethic all offseason and did so again on Friday.
“From the first day he told me ‘I’m going to change the protocol with the way this injury is rehabilitated,’ I thought, ‘Wow, there is a mouthful.’ He has his jaw locked right from the beginning.
“He has been religious about his rehab, almost to the point where you have to hold him back. We will continue to hold him back until he gets out there and does football type of movements. He is right where he needs to be at with his complete health.”
Childress also said that Henderson has completed the entire offseason manual that every player receives and that the veteran LB will be eased back into a practice routine.
CJ Siewert, who many of you may remember from his time writing for vikings.com around draft time, will have more on Henderson’s recovery and his 1st practice back with teammates in a story that will be posted Saturday.
Tags: Cedric Griffin, E.J. Henderson, Rick Spielman, Sidney Rice
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