“Kevin has a shin injury that we told him to stay off of the last month,” Pace said today. “He’s been inactive, we want to have a ramp up phase in regards to his cardio. So we’re going to start him off on PUP to get him to build his cardiovascular endurance.”
Pace said the team is being cautious with White, the seventh overall selection in this year’s draft.
“It happened in the later part of the OTAs. That’s when we started keeping him off of it,” said Pace. “It’s about us being patient with the recovery process.”
Quarterback David Fales will also start camp on the PUP list due to illness.
“David Fales has an illness,” Pace said. “Nothing major, we just want to be smart with that and patient with him.”
There was also good injury news at today’s press conference. OLB Willie Young (Achilles), OLB Lamarr Houston (ACL), ILB Jon Bostic (back) and CB Alan Ball (shoulder) are all expected to participate once camp begins tomorrow, albeit at a slower pace.
“Those guys are good, so it’s just going to be a progressive stage with our coaches,” said Pace. “It might not be full-fledged, 100-percent of our practices but it could be, we’re going to do some individual work for a couple of periods, just being smart with it. Build them up with their football activities.”
For head coach John Fox, the step-by-step return for these players is as much mental as it is physical.
“So much of those injuries are mental as well,” Fox said. “For the athletes and the people evaluating them, it’s about building that back up, that confidence. We had a couple of guys a year ago we did that with in Denver, so we’ve got a pretty good plan and a pretty good track record of doing it. So we’ll ease them into it.”
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