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Cheese Curds, 7/23: PUP & NFI designations start to roll in as NFL training camps begin

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Expect to hear a lot about the PUP list this week as every NFL player reports to camp by Friday.

NFL: JUN 11 Green Bay Packers Minicamp Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Physically Unable to Perform list is always a hot-button topic around this time of year. Training camps are beginning, which means that PUP list designations — as well as those of the Non-Football Injury and Non-Football Illness lists — must be applied this week.

So far, the Green Bay Packers have two players showing up on injury lists after the rookie report date came and went on Monday. Safety Darnell Savage is on the NFI (illness) list following wisdom tooth extraction, but today’s curds discuss the second, an undrafted rookie who ended up on PUP.

All of these lists have the same general set of rules. Players must be placed on those lists at the very beginning of training camp — practicing even once makes a player ineligible. Then, a player can be put on the “regular season” list after camp, but that keeps them out for six weeks of the regular season.

Around the NFL, there are some big names landing on those lists as well. The Bears expect safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to start camp on the PUP list, while Lions edge rusher Trey Flowers will likely do the same. Both of those players are expected to return in camp, but it’s a disappointing way for both of those players to start their first training camps with new teams.

Here’s a look at what else is going on around Green Bay and the NFL this morning.

Packers preparing for Wednesday's annual Meeting of Shareholders | Packers.com
The meeting begins promptly at 11 AM on Wednesday, with gates opening at 9. If I were going this year, I'd make sure to check out 1919 Kitchen & Tap early on for their breakfast menu.

Packers placing UDFA rookie Greg Roberts on PUP list to start camp | Packers Wire
Roberts will join Darnell Savage on the shelf to start camp, though his injury seems more significant and kept him out of all of the team's offseason practices.

JJ Wilcox ACL tear: Falcons safety out for entire 2019 season | SI.com
Here's the first ACL injury of the year, coming in one of the very first practices of the summer. Wilcox bounced around last year, suiting up for the Colts and Jets after playing for the Steelers in 2017.

Source - Lions' Slay, Harrison to report to camp | ESPN
Darius Slay and Damon Harrison want new contracts, but they are not holding out of training camp to get their wishes. However, free agent signing Trey Flowers will begin camp on the PUP list.

Seahawks DL Jarran Reed suspended six games - NFL.com
Reed's suspension stems from a domestic violence complaint against Reed from back in 2017. This will keep the Seahawks without one of their best young linemen for the first six weeks.

The First Meal Eaten on the Moon Was Bacon | Smithsonian
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were true pioneers, but apparently they were visionaries as well.