Alexander Placed on PUP List

Stephen Alexander has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List by the San Diego Chargers.

Alexander had surgery recently and is still suffering from the effects. Chargers fans learned last year how much a groin strain can affect a player as witnessed by Marcellus Wiley being hobbled.

By placing him on the list, Alexander will still count towards the 80-man roster for the Chargers during training camp.

According to NFL rules there are two physically unable to perform designations, active and reserve. Since at the present time Alexander is unable to practice, the Chargers have placed him on the active list, enabling the team to evaluate his progress in camp and activate him any time before the final cutdown date.

After the final cuts on Aug. 31 the Chargers must place Alexander either on the reserve physically unable list, on injured reserve or release him.

If on the reserve physically unable list, Alexander must sit out six weeks of the season. The Chargers then would have a three-week period to evaluate him or activate him. Before the start of the 10th week the team must place Alexander on injured reserve the rest of the season, release him or activate him to the 53-man roster.

When a player is placed on the physically unable to perform list, a player is prohibited from practicing. A player can be in attendance and can attend meetings.

At this time, all indications are that Alexander will be ready for the regular season.

Such a move will allow Stephen Alexander to continue to recuperate, while leaving open the possibility of activating him at any time during training camp. If a problem persists the Chargers could then place Alexander onto the reserve PUP list. Thus the benefit is -- the Chargers have protected themselves against the unforseen that keeps Alexander out longer.

Chargers Update placed a call to his agent, Gary Wichard, and he clarified, "Someone went through that last year."

"He tells me he feels great!"

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