Lost in the news of high-profile outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney being placed on the physically unable to perform list Monday was the news of a few other Texans players that had their status shifted around as well.
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Middle linebacker Akeem Dent was also placed on the PUP list the same day as Clowney. Dent is a fifth-year player out of Georgia, who spent his first three seasons as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. He recorded 38 tackles in seven starts during his lone season with the Texans.
Dent was re-signed during the offseason to maintain some experienced depth to the roster. He is recovering from an ankle injury and while he missed the offseason programs, the belief is Dent, like Clowney, should be ready to go by the start of the regular season.
Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com explains what the PUP list could mean for the two players put on this list by the Texans.
"If a player on Active/PUP isn’t medically cleared by the end of the preseason, he can be transferred to the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. The Reserve/PUP prevents a player from playing and practicing during the first six weeks of the season, but he doesn’t count against the 53-man roster. After six weeks, the team has a period of time to decide whether to activate, release or place the player on injured reserve."
The other two injury related moves included moving tackle David Quessenberry to the Active/Non-Football Illness list. Quessenberry has had a long battle with cancer and news of his remission means he has a shot at proving he belongs on the field at some point this year.
Wide receiver Alan Bonner was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury. This is not a huge shock as the sixth round selection of the Texans in 2013 has spent all of 2013 and 2014 on the injured reserve with various injuries.