Bernard Scott a "candidate" for PUP... and that benefits the running back

Matt Sullivan

Bernard Scott is still rehabilitating from a season-ending injury last year.

Heading into training camp this year, the Bengals will have decisions to make at running back. Beyond the players locked into the 53-man roster, from BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Giovani Bernard, and Cedric Peerman, the Bengals will have a competition between Daniel Herron, Rex Burkhead, and Bernard Scott for the fourth and final spot (and that's assuming that they keep four, which is a safe bet).

The problem is, Scott may not be part of that competition. As he rehabilitates from an ACL injury, Scott may be "a candidate for the PUP list". He's already been cleared to train but recovery from such injuries takes time.

You're thinking, well, he's done.

Oddly enough, PUP would be a huge benefit for Scott in turns of proper rehabilitation and access to the 53-man roster later during the season.

Taking at face value the roster competitions during training camp and the preseason, it appears that Scott was facing an extremely tough road back to the 53-man roster. If Scott is placed on the Reserve/PUP list, he's a roster exemption (doesn't count against the 53-man roster) for the first six weeks of the regular season. Cincinnati is then granted an additional three weeks before they're required to make a decision (cut him, IR him, activate him).

And by this time, the Bengals may need him for, god forbid, an injury to one of the other backs that made the 53-man roster. Either way, it doesn't appear that we should expect much from Scott next month (though some would argue at all).

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