On Bernard Scott not going to in-season PUP list

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals announced their transactions to get within the 75-man roster. One of those that didn't make sense is Scott.

With the team electing to keep Bernard Scott on the roster during their first round of cuts this week, it doesn't hint nor forecast anything more than what we've already known. He's hurt and he's probably going to reserve/PUP. Scott is one of three players remaining on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list, joined by quarterback Zac Robinson and fullback Chris Pressley.

The team announced that Pressley and Robinson are transferring to the in-season PUP list, which prevents players from playing or practicing through the first six weeks of the regular season. Teams have three weeks after that to make a decision on that player -- activate him on the 53-man roster, place him on Injured Reserve, or outright release him.

The only scenario that we see for Scott not joining Robinson and Pressley on Reserve/PUP by Aug. 31 (final cuts) is the Bengals negotiating with Scott's camp about an injury settlement. There's no reason to believe that he'll play from now until final cuts, and even if he does, why in the world would Cincinnati keep him on the roster with virtually no work? It's possible that the coaching staff wants one final look before deciding on PUP or season-ending Injured Reserve.

In the end, it doesn't matter. The roster is compliant with league rules so no decisions are necessary for the next four days. But we don't see much changing from now until then that would warrant much change in their decision-making process.

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