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PUP list is not an option for active players

PUP list is not an option for active players

While putting together their 53-man rosters, a lot of Redskins fans want to put Roy Helu Jr. or Tim Hightower or another player on the PUP list. This lets them keep Alfred Morris or their other favorite prospect on the 53 while stashing the veteran playerfor later in the season.But there is one problem with this plan. You cant put a player on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list at this point in the season.There is one opportunity to put a player on PUP and that is at the start of training camp. If an injury keeps a player from practicing he can be put on PUP. Once a player steps onto thepractice field he cant be placed on the PUP list.So the only Redskins player who can begin the season on the PUP list is the one who already is there, Jammal Brown. If the Redskins decide to leave him on that list when they cut to 53 a week from tomorrow Brown will remain there for at least six weeks. The teamwill then have a three-week window during which they can activate him. If theydont, he goes on to season-ending injured reserve.For players like Helu and Hightower, who practiced but are hobbling, there are three options next Friday. They can stay on the active roster, they can go to injured reserve or they can be released (an injury settlement could be required). Thats it. The mechanism offered for players with short-term injury issues is the game-day inactive list. The injured player can stay inactive until he is ready to play.Unfortunately, that does not allow the team to keep an extra, healthy player on the roster while the other one rehabs. It makes for some tough decisions but they are ones faced by almost every NFL team.

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PHOTOS: Alex Smith makes an appearance during the Redskins' third day of OTAs

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PHOTOS: Alex Smith makes an appearance during the Redskins' third day of OTAs

Considering how serious that November leg injury was and how difficult the subsequent surgeries were, any time you see Alex Smith out, about and smiling, it's encouraging.

On Thursday, the Redskins posted a couple of pictures of Smith helping out at the team's third day of OTAs. The QB was photographed hanging out with coaches and even tossing a football:

You can't tell in the pictures whether Smith is still wearing the external fixator on his right leg, but regardless of whether he is or not, it's still great to see him in Ashburn around the organization. 

It remains unclear what kind of role Smith will have with the 'Skins in 2019. However, if he's willing, he'd be an ideal mentor for Dwayne Haskins and overall a positive influence on the entire roster, seeing as many players don't hesitate to praise the leadership he displayed in 2018.

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VIDEO: Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis return to Redskins OTAs

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VIDEO: Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis return to Redskins OTAs

Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis were among those absent at Monday's open Redskins OTAs session, and both absences were surprising considering each player's somewhat unsteady spot on the roster.

Nicholson's second year with the Redskins was a struggle both on and off the field, while Davis is often mentioned as someone who might be in line for a contract restructuring or even a release. 

However, thanks to a video that the Redskins posted on Instagram, it's now clear that the safety and the tight end have since returned to Ashburn to work with their fellow teammates:

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It's an especially encouraging development for Nicholson, who should be doing whatever he can to get back in the good graces of the coaching staff. Whatever the reason for his absence was on Monday, it's a good sign to see that he didn't stay away too long. 

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