The first round of transactions for the 2015 NFL season have started to trickle out with the start of training camps around the league. The Green Bay Packers reported for camp and for their physical exams this morning, and as a result, the team has placed four players on the two injury lists available to them.
First is the Physically Unable to Perform list, which features three players: linebacker Mike Neal, running back John Crockett, and wide receiver Ricky Collins.
Meanwhile, rookie cornerback and second-round draft pick Quinten Rollins was placed on the Non-Football Injury list.
All players will remain on those lists until they are cleared to play. If they stay out throughout training camp, they will be eligible for the Reserve/PUP or Reserve/NFI lists to start the season, where they would have to spend at least the first six weeks out of action before a potential return to the active roster.
Neal did not practice at all during the Packers' offseason program, while Crockett and Collins went down with injuries during spring practices. Rollins is the only major surprise, and his designation as NFI indicates that he aggravated something between the end of minicamp and today's physical.
Perhaps most notable, however, are the omissions from these announcements. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson is not among these names, signifying that he has received medical clearance to participate in training camp.
Nelson's status first came into doubt after Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy revealed in March that the wideout underwent offseason hip surgery. Though Nelson did participate in the team's minicamp sessions shortly after the 2015 NFL Draft, the Packers held him out of 11-on-11 work while he recovered. Both Nelson and the team expressed optimism at the time that the receiver would make a full return by training camp.
Linebacker Nick Perry is in the same situation as Nelson, as is cornerback Casey Hayward, both of whom missed spring practices. With Neal starting on the PUP list, Perry should have plenty of opportunities early on to solidify himself as one of the top options at outside linebacker, especially if Clay Matthews continues to take substantial reps at inside backer. Similarly, Hayward should be able to put an early stamp on his claim to the starting cornerback job opposite Sam Shields.
Other notable names such as Jared Abbrederis, Don Barclay, and Andy Mulumba, all of whom tore knee ligaments in 2014, have apparently passed their exams as well.
Though these players passed their physicals, that does not necessarily mean that they will be full participants when the Packers take the practice field for the first time on Thursday morning. We will keep an eye on that and bring you news as we learn of it.
All transactions were listed on the NFL's official transaction wire.