Ramses Barden was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list, but the wide receiver doesn’t sound too disappointed about it.
“Thinking about it, it might have been the best decision as far as giving me enough time to not only get healthy, but have that time to get conditioned,” said Barden, who is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery. “I would hate to come back and have some sort of injury from concentrating on another muscle or joint.”
Because he was placed on PUP, Barden will be forced to miss the team’s first six regular season games, and cannot practice. He can return to practice after that, and has three weeks to be activated.
“To be honest, I know what goes on in practice,” Barden replied when asked how much practice he needs before he can get back on the field. “I watch every practice. From a mental standpoint, there won’t be any drop off. There will come a time while the rest of the receivers are doing their receiving drills, I’ll be doing the same thing, I’ll just have to be on another field.”
Barden said there was no timetable for a return at the start of training camp. Head coach Tom Coughlin had been adamant about the fact that he wanted Barden to start practicing, “for crying out loud.”
But Barden remained out, although he didn’t know the PUP list was a possibility, well, because he didn’t know what it was.
“I didn’t even think about it,” Barden said. “I didn’t even understand really what PUP was. I didn’t know there were two different sets of PUP. It was, let’s talk to the trainers and get on the page with them and we’ll move at the pace that they want to.”