Tennessee Titans rookie linebacker Kevin Dodd will begin his first training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey made the announcement Friday at his opening press conference. Placing Dodd on the PUP list means he has not fully recovered from foot surgery. He will have to pass a conditioning test in order to be activated from the list, which can take place at any time once camp opens.
Dodd, who had 12.5 sacks last year for national championship runner-up Clemson, had a screw inserted into his foot back in May due to a fifth metatarsal injury and the Titans had been cautiously optimistic that he would be ready in time for training camp.
“Jon (Robinson) and I felt like it was in the best interest to put Kevin on PUP. He did not run the (conditioning) test. He did other things that were as strenuous,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said in making the announcement. “We felt like we’ve been very smart in handling his injury. We think it’s a short-term PUP. We feel like every couple of days we’re gonna test him to see where he’s at, especially for these first couple of days where there’s no pads. The physical part is not going to be as much a part of the practice. We just thought this was the best for him.”
The recovery of such a procedure is usually in the 8-12 week range. Dodd underwent the surgery on May 26.
“The recovery of the injury, really he’s at the tail end of two weeks of football training, so if you’re thinking about it, you’ve got two weeks to get ready for training camp and the shape we want these guys to be in and at the level we want these guys to play at.
“And this will give him a chance to concentrate on his conditioning as much as anything. He still can’t participate in any of the drills, but he can be involved watching all the drills.”
Dodd is expected to help bolster the Titans pass rush, as the Titans chose him with the 33rd overall pick in the draft (the second pick of the second round). He is expected to be the primary backup for starting outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.