New England Patriots

Dec 6, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) and New England Patriots center David Andrews (60) point to the Los Angeles Chargers defense during the second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

With training camp getting closer, the Patriots continue getting their roster in line. After placing two rookies on the NFI list on Tuesday, five veteran players were added to the PUP (physically unable to perform) list on Thursday.

Running back James White, center David Andrews, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, cornerback Jonathan Jones, and safety Jabrill Peppers were all placed on PUP on Thursday, as first reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Players placed on PUP cannot practice, but can be activated as soon as they are ready to do so. At times in the past, players have come off the list a day or two into camp, so this placement may not mean any of the players will miss a significant amount of time.

White’s placement doesn’t come as much of a surprise following a report earlier this week that he is still having movement issues following last year’s season-ending hip injury. He was limited throughout spring practices.

McMillan and Peppers are both coming off of torn ACLs last season. It would make sense that the team may want to ease them back into higher-tempo practices.

Jones missed the majority of last season with a shoulder injury. He looked to be full-go in the spring, but again could be working his way back in to more up-tempo activities. As long as Jones isn’t at practice, that will open snaps for rookie Marcus Jones, who is noticably absent from this list an NFI after spending all spring in a red non-contact jersey due to offseason shoulder surgery. The third-round slot corner will be a player to watch.

Andrews also had shoulder surgery this offseason. He was limited at times this spring.

The Patriots begin training camp on Wednesday, with gates opening at 8 a.m. For more information on fan attendance, click here.