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The Bengals’ injury report from Thursday didn’t change much from Wednesday , but there was one positive development in Shawn Williams’ status.
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The starting safety is dealing with a concussion that kept him out of practice Wednesday, but he returned for a limited session today. That means there’s a chance he plays Sunday, but even if he doesn’t, Clayton Fejedelem has proven to be a capable starter in his place. Still, you’d like to have a full deck when facing a Chiefs offense that’s arguably the best in football right now. The rest of the Bengals who were out Wednesday remained out today, including Giovani Bernard (knee/toe), Darqueze Dennard (sternoclavicular), Tyler Kroft (foot), Billy Price (foot) and Nick Vigil (knee). None of them are expected to be active this week, and it won’t be a surprise if none of them play in Week 8 vs. the Buccaneers, giving them ample time to recover through the Week 9. Backup tight end C.J. Uzomah was limited again with a shoulder injury, putting his status for Sunday in doubt, which would be really bad with Kroft already sidelined. One other note: A.J. Green was listed as limited with a non-injury related issue. It’s unclear what that is, but Katherine Terrell reports it caused him to be late to practice. As for the Chiefs, they were again without center Mitch Morse (concussion), safety Eric Berry (heel) and Justin Houston (hamstring). All three players appear unlikely to play Sunday night.Explaining PUP, NFI, IR and other NFL roster designations What are Injured/Reserve, Physically Unable to Perform and the Non-Football Injury list?As NFL rosters are formed, dozens of players around the league will be given these designations ahead of Week 1 of the NFL regular season. We’re here to break down the all of these different injury lists, as well as other roster designations (like the Reserve/Suspended list) to know as we head into the new NFL season. Keep in mind Kevin Huber Jersey , after rosters are formed the Physically Unable to Perform designation can no longer be used on players.The Bengals could be putting a few different players on Injured Reserve ahead of Week 1. Why wait until after the 53-man roster is created? We’ll explain that and much more below.Physically Unable to Perform (PUP)If a player who was on the Active/PUP list during training camp isn’t cleared to play by the end of the preseason, he can be transferred to the Reserve/PUP list, which prevents that player from playing and practicing during the first six weeks of the NFL season. Players are only eligible for the regular-season PUP list if they were on the Active/PUP list all summer and did not play or practice with their team at any point.The good news is PUP allows teams to apply roster exemptions while keeping their players under contract with the ability to play later in the season, which is why most teams apply PUP at the start of training camp for any injured players. If an injured player isn’t placed on PUP at the beginning of the year, a roster spot must be used on him, or he must be placed on Injured/Reserve (IR) to start the season (more on that below). Once someone is activated from PUP onto the active roster, the team will have to make a corresponding roster move by releasing/waiving someone to open a spot. Again, if a player is on PUP to start the season, they cannot play before Week 7 of the regular season.By rule, players on Reserve/PUP list are excluded from practicing and playing during the first six weeks of the regular season. They’re allowed to do conditioning work with the trainers — similar to what they did during training camp on the Active/PUP list.After six weeks are in the books, teams have another six week window for that player to begin practicing. If they’re unable to practice when this window expires, they remain on the PUP list for the rest of the season. If and when they do practice during that additional six-week window, teams have 21 days to make a decision: 1) Activate the player to the 53-man roster, 2) Release/waive the player or 3) Do nothing and keep him on the PUP list. If teams maximize all their windows, a player could be held out and not activated until well into December, just like the Bengals did with AJ McCarron in 2014.Players can only be placed on the PUP list prior to the start of Week 1. The designation is not available once the regular season begins. This is only for players who have injuries coming into an NFL season.Non-Football Injury (NFI)The non-football injury (NFI) list is reserved for players who suffer an injury outside of the NFL. That could mean they’re in a car accident, suffer an injury at home or suffer an injury during college that carries over to the NFL. For example, when Cedric Ogbuehi entered the NFL with a torn ACL, the Bengals started him on the NFI list in his rookie year. The NFI list prevents players from practicing or playing. The rules for the NFI list are the same as for the PUP list. If cleared from the NFI list, they can’t go back on the list — this is true of the PUP list, too.Injured Reserve (IR)NFL teams are permitted to place any number of players on Injured Reserve at the start of the season. Any player on the IR list counts against the salary cap Authentic Tyler Boyd Jersey , but not against the 53-man roster limit. These players are ineligible to play again for the same team during the current season, but they can be cut and then go on to sign with another team. These players may not practice with their team at any time, but can attend team meetings and be around the team. Last year for the first time the NFL changed the IR rules to allow for two NFL players from each team to be eligible to come off IR