Aug 20, 2020; Berea, Ohio, USA;  Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Eli Ankou (91) rushes past offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. (71) during training camp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Bills DT Eli Ankou removed from PUP list

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Eli Ankou was activated from the team’s physically unable to perform list on Friday and returned to practice.

Ankou had been sidelined since July 24 by a calf injury.

Ankou, 28, recorded nine tackles and one sack in five games with the Bills last season. He also had three tackles during one game with the Tennessee Titans in 2021.

He has 43 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 33 career games (three starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2017-18), Cleveland Browns (2019), Dallas Cowboys (2020), Titans and Bills.

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Dec 5, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones (24) takes on the field prior the game against the New York Giants at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins CB Byron Jones placed on PUP list

Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list Friday.

Jones, 29, is recovering from surgery on his leg in March.

He recorded 58 tackles and one forced fumble in 16 starts last season. He restructured his contract this offseason when the team was in need of cap space for three-time All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2018, Jones has totaled 444 tackles, five forced fumbles and four interceptions in 109 career games (103 starts) with the Dallas Cowboys (2015-19) and Dolphins.

Also on Friday, the Dolphins placed defensive back Elijah Campbell on the non-football injury list.

Campbell, 26, had two tackles while playing seven games on special teams for Miami last season.

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Oct 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight end Maxx Williams (87) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals TE Maxx Williams placed on PUP list

The Arizona Cardinals placed tight end Maxx Williams on the physically unable to perform list Friday.

Williams has been recovering from a torn ACL he sustained on Oct. 10 in a game against the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

He is eligible to return from the PUP list at any point during training camp. He has to either come off prior to the final roster cutdown in September or remain there through the first six weeks of the regular season.

Williams, 28, had 16 catches for 193 yards and one touchdown in five games last season. He signed a one-year, $1,272,500 contract in the offseason.

Williams has 102 receptions for 994 yards and six scores in 72 career games with the Baltimore Ravens (2015-18) and Cardinals.

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Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari participates in organized team activities Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. 
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Packers activate OT David Bakhtiari off PUP list

The Green Bay Packers activated offensive tackle David Bakhtiari off the reserve/physically unable to perform list on Wednesday.

Bakhtiari is eligible to play against the visiting Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. He has been sidelined since sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 15 of last season.

The 30-year-old Bakhtiari was selected to the Pro Bowl for the third time last season. He was also named to the All-Pro team in 2018 and 2020.

Bakhtiari has started in all 118 games in which he has appeared since being selected by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Colorado.

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Nov 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Saints WR Michael Thomas to open season on PUP list

New Orleans Saints All-Pro Michael Thomas will open the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, ensuring the wide receiver will miss at least the first five games, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The Saints have a bye in Week 6.

Thomas underwent ankle surgery in June, reportedly infuriating Saints management who thought the procedure should have been done earlier in the offseason.

The friction was extended by Thomas, who earlier this month took to social media to accuse the Saints of trying to damage his reputation.

Thomas injured the ankle in Week 1 of the 2020 season and played in just seven games, finishing with 40 catches for 438 yards and no touchdowns.

Thomas, 28, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He set the league’s single-season record in 2019 with 149 receptions for a league-best 1,725 yards.

Thomas signed a five-year, $96.3 million contract extension in 2019. He is due to earn $12.6 million in 2021 between base salary and a restructured bonus.

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Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt looks on from the sideline during the first half of the preseason game against the Chiefs at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on August 20, 2021.

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Cardinals activate J.J. Watt from PUP list

The Arizona Cardinals activated defensive end J.J. Watt and linebacker Dennis Gardeck from the physically unable to perform list Monday.

Watt had been on the PUP list since before training camp with a hamstring issue. The Cardinals signed Watt to a two-year deal in March after he asked for and received his release from the Houston Texans in February.

Gardeck, 27, is returning from an ACL tear suffered late last season.

The team also activated wide receiver Andy Isabella off the reserve/COVID-19 list. He was placed on the list Aug. 11.

To make room on the roster, the team also announced the release of tight end Ian Bunting and wide receiver Rico Gafford, and waived/failed physical of defensive back Luq Barcoo.

Watt was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year on three occasions during his 10 seasons in Houston. He was also a first-team All-Pro five times and won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2017 after raising more than $37 million for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Watt played in 128 games with the Texans, despite losing chunks of three seasons to injuries. He played in just three games in 2016, five in 2017 and eight in 2019.

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Dec 2, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards (35) carries the ball against Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Titans activate LB Bud Dupree from PUP list

Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Bud Dupree was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Friday after passing his physical.

Dupree sustained a torn ACL against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 2 while playing in his sixth NFL season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Despite the injury, Dupree signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Titans on March 19.

Dupree, 28, recorded 19.5 sacks in his final 27 regular-season games — and 39.5 in his career — with the Steelers. He joins a Tennessee defense that had only 19 total sacks last season.

Also on Friday, the Titans activated defensive back Chris Jones off the reserve/COVID-19 list and waived offensive lineman Patrick Morris.

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Sep 20, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) lays on the field during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.  Barkley would suffer an injury on the previous play and be taken off the field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Giants RB Saquon Barkley to open camp on PUP list

Saquon Barkley will open New York Giants training camp on the physically unable to perform list as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL.

Barkley was one of six players the Giants placed on the active/PUP list Thursday. The team’s first full-squad training camp practice is next Wednesday.

Barkley tore the ACL last September during Week 2 of the 2020 season. He told the New York Post this week he didn’t know when he would be medically cleared to return to practice.

“Yeah, I’ve been asked a lot,” Barkley said. “I guess that’s the theme of the summer, going to be when I’ll be back. But no, I don’t have that answer, to be honest. … It’s a fun process, but it’s a tough process at the same time. Just have to continue to listen to my body, listen to my trainers, listen to the coaches and take it day-by-day.”

The No. 2 overall draft pick in 2018, Barkley won Offensive Rookie of the Year that season but has struggled to stay healthy since. In 31 games over three seasons, Barkley has amassed 2,344 rushing yards for 17 touchdowns on 4.7 yards per attempt, plus 149 receptions for 1,219 yards and six scores.

New York picked up Barkley’s fifth-year option for the 2022 season, guaranteeing him $7.217 million.

Newly-signed tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot), third-round draft pick and cornerback Aaron Robinson (core muscle), center Jonotthan Harrison (hamstring), tackle Matt Peart (back) and linebacker Oshane Ximines (hamstring) were also placed on the active/PUP list.

In addition, first-round wide receiver Kadarius Toney was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list because of a positive test. The rookie was the Giants’ No. 20 overall pick in April’s draft.

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Sep 22, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) celebrates his fourth quarter sack against the Miami Dolphins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys LB Demarcus Lawrence hits PUP list following back surgery

Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said linebacker Demarcus Lawrence underwent back surgery during the offseason and will open training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

It was the third back surgery of Lawrence’s career, but McCarthy said Thursday it was no reason for alarm bells.

“It’s more of a cleanup, so there’s no high concern,” McCarthy said. “He looks great. It’s probably more us than him as far as the timeline of him coming back.”

Lawrence is coming off a 2020 campaign in which he recorded 58 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four forced fumbles for Dallas, all improvements over his 2019 numbers. In his seven-year NFL career spent entirely with the Cowboys, Lawrence has recorded 300 tackles, 93 quarterback hits, 45.5 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and one interception.

Lawrence signed a five-year extension in 2019 worth $105 million.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle surgery) and kicker Greg Zuerlein (back surgery) are also on the PUP list to open camp as the Cowboys began workouts Thursday in Oxnard, Calif.

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