Ravens’ Reed a likely candidate for PUP list

Ed Reed wants to return from offseason hip surgery for at least one more year, but when that return happens is anything but certain. It was just a couple of weeks back that Reed said he’s shooting to play in the season opener, but admitted he wasn’t sure if that was a realistic timetable.

A recent school of thought has surfaced that Reed could open training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list, a scenario that Jamison Hensley¬†of The Baltimore Sun said Tuesday is almost a certainty. Hensley opines that it would be surprising to see Reed — who most recently estimated he’s about 35 percent healthy — at all during the preseason.

The Ravens protected themselves from a prolonged absence by Reed with the signing of veteran Ken Hamlin, who told NFL.com during a recent chat he’ll fill whatever role the team asks of him.

It could be a big role to start out.

OK, for those of you wondering about the PUP, here we go. The “active” PUP list is for players who are injured to start training camp. They are allowed to rehab and take part in meetings, but can not practice. A player on the active PUP can be removed at any time and also counts against the 80-player roster. A player must be on the active PUP to be eligible to be placed on the “reserve” PUP.

At the end of the preseason, teams may place players on the reserve PUP. Players on the reserve PUP are not eligible to play for the first six weeks of the season, and do not count against the 53-player roster. Starting in Week 6, players can begin practicing and teams have a three-week window in which to activate the player to the roster or place him on injured reserve.

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