Cardinals TE Maxx Williams begins training camp on PUP

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Arizona Cardinals tight end Maxx Williams was not expected to be ready to practice during training camp, coming back from a severe knee injury he suffered last season. He will not be active to start camp as the team announced he was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Williams will still occupy a spot on the 90-man training camp roster and he is ineligible to practice with the team while on PUP. Placing him on the list to start camp creates some roster flexibility later on in case he is not ready to play when the regular season begins. If he remains on the preseason PUP when final cuts are made, he can bypass injured reserve and the 53-man roster to land on the regular season PUP, which would not burn a roster spot.

If he comes off PUP at any time before final cuts, he will be ineligible for the regular-season PUP list.

Williams suffered a torn ACL in Week 5 last season. He is working hard, but head coach Kliff Kingsbury said earlier in the offseason that it will probably be closer to the end of training camp before they have to make a decision on him.

Williams played in five games last season and was on pace for a career year. He had 16 receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown.

His contract expired after the season and he re-signed on a one-year deal.

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