WESTFIELD, Ind. — The Indianapolis Colts will be down one running back to start training camp.
General manager Chris Ballard today told reporters that running back Spencer Ware will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, as he deals with a muscle injury.
The Active/PUP list is utilized by teams for players who are still recovering from football-related injuries heading into training camp that they believe will be cleared to return to full participation sometime during the preseason. A player on the Active/PUP list, once cleared, can return to practice immediately.
Ballard believes it will be a week or two before Ware will be brought back to practice.
As of early Wednesday afternoon, Ware is the only Colts player starting camp on the PUP list. Earlier in the week, the team placed defensive end Carroll Phillips on PUP, but he was able to pass a physical and be moved back onto the active roster by Tuesday.
Wide receiver Daurice Fountain, meanwhile, remains on the team's Non-Football Injury (NFI) list.
Similar to the PUP list, the Active/NFI list allows for players who are listed by the start of camp to return to the practice field anytime they are ready before the start of the regular season. The primary difference between the PUP and NFI lists is that players on NFI suffered their injuries while they were away from their teams.
Ballard said Fountain rolled his ankle during a workout two weeks ago, and that he could be brought back to the active roster "any day now."
"He's working through it, but it could be any day," Ballard said of the second-year receiver. "It's not severe. It's nothing major."