AFC East: PUP list

Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC East:
  • New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he's unsure if No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes (foot) will start the regular season on the physically unable to perform list.
Morning take: Going to the PUP list would put Holmes out for at least the first six games. The Jets’ offense already is in dire straights and desperately needs Holmes back in the lineup sooner than later.
  • New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola says it's going to be a good year for him and quarterback Tom Brady.
Morning take: Health is the biggest key for both players. Amendola has missed more games (20) than he’s played (12) the past two seasons. New England needs him to be durable in a Patriots uniform.
  • Could Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Alex Carrington have a big season?
Morning take: Carrington has shown potential off the bench, but he will need more reps in 2013. The Bills have a lot of decent players on the front seven, and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine needs to find the right combination.
  • What is quarterback Matt Moore’s role with the Miami Dolphins this season?
Morning take: Moore, like all backup quarterbacks, must stay ready. Teams often fall apart when the starting quarterback gets injured. Moore’s job is to make sure there’s not much of a drop off if Ryan Tannehill gets banged up.

Logan Mankins appears 'PUP' bound

June, 18, 2012
The New England Patriots have a few offseason injuries to key players. But perhaps none is more concerning or serious than guard Logan Mankins' knee injury.

The Pro Bowler unknowingly played in the Super Bowl with an ACL tear in February and later had offseason surgery. The average recovery time is about nine months, which should take Mankins into November, if not later. The Patriots can put him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and not have to worry about his roster spot until six games into the season.

Mankins is a strong possibility to join other big-name players on the PUP such as Terrell Suggs (Achilles) and Rashard Mendenhall (knee). The Patriots have been hush-hush about Mankins' recovery. But chances appear slim he could make it back in time for the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against the Tennessee Titans.

The Patriots quickly gathered insurance in the offseason by signing veteran guard/tackle Robert Gallery. He's experienced and versatile enough to fill in for Mankins.

New England isn't the most forward team with injury information, so don't expect an official announcement any time soon. But I expect Mankins to start the season on New England's PUP list.