Checking in on the latest on Darren Sharper, the last we heard from the veteran free safety was he expected to be activated from the PUP list sometime during the first couple of weeks of camp.
That has yet to happen. In fact, Sharper admitted to the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Tuesday he has “no idea” when he’ll return to the practice field following offseason microfracture surgery. While Sharper also says he feels like he’s “close” and remains optimistic he’ll see some action in some preseason games, the original thinking from coach Sean Payton was that we would see Sharper on the field at the start of camp.
The Saints don’t appear in a rush to push Sharper back — and for good reason. There’s little upside considering the risk of a setback, and second-year pro Malcolm Jenkins has received positive reviews during both the offseason and camp.
According to Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune, the team also hasn’t ruled out placing Sharper on the reserve PUP list to start the regular season. The move would keep Sharper out for the first six weeks of the season, with the opportunity to be fresh for the final 10 weeks.
We’re probably a couple of weeks away on any decision on Sharper, one way or the other.