Foster, Reed to PUP; several other moves

Foster, Reed to PUP; several other moves
July 25, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Arian Foster has the second-most rushing yards in the NFL since 2010.

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With the first team practice of training camp to take place on Friday morning, the Texans made several roster moves on Thursday.

First, the team placed Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster, free agent acquisition Ed Reed and wide receiver DeVier Posey on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. These players won't be able to practice with the team until they've been taken off the PUP list but will be able to work with trainers and go to team meetings.

The Active/PUP list, that Foster, Reed and Posey are now on is different than the season PUP list. These three can be removed from the PUP list at any time during training camp. If they're not taken off by final cuts, they end up on the regular season PUP list, which keeps them out for at least six weeks. After those six weeks, the team has a three-week window to decide to either activate or send to Injured Reserve.

Foster suffered a strained calf during the spring workouts. He was helped off the field and then carted away from the fields. In an interview in mid-June, Foster said he would "more than likely" be ready for training camp. Well, he's not ready for the start of camp, at least. If Foster isn't ready to go for the Texans' first game on Sept. 9, it would be a huge blow. He's had at least 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.

Reed is recovering from an offseason hip surgery. His friend and teammate Andre Johnson said on Thursday that Reed would be ready for the team's opening game. It's not a huge surprise that Reed is on the PUP list. Throughout his recovery, he has stressed the importance of being ready for the important games late in the season.

Posey talked to media members on Thursday and said he hadn't yet been told about being placed on the PUP list. He's recovering from an Achilles injury he suffered in the final playoff game against the Patriots last season. This move makes sense, though, because once a player practices, they can't be placed on the regular season PUP. That will be a tough decision for the coaches at that point.

But those weren't the only moves the Texans made on Thursday.
 
Tight end Garrett Graham has been added to the Active/Non-Football Illness list and starting ILB Darryl Sharpton has been added to the Non-football Injury list.

The team has removed third-round pick offensive tackle Brennan Williams from the PUP. He hurt his knee this spring but will now be able to practice. And Sam Montgomery has been removed from the Non-football Injury list after showing up out of shape. Both players had to pass physicals to be removed from the lists.

The team had one open roster spot after cutting Sunny Harris on Wednesday. They made one more on Thursday and waived/injured tight end Phillip Supernaw, who had an injured foot.

Those roster spots weren't open long, though. The team signed CB Elbert Mack and NT Daniel Muir.