On Saturday, the Bucs announced that wide receiver Justin Watson was placed on the PUP list. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Watson will miss the next four months after undergoing a surgical procedure on his knee.
Watson was set to battle for a spot on the roster, but was perhaps a long shot to make the final 53. Rookie Jaelon Darden and last year’s return man Jaydon Mickens were running ahead of him in mini-camp. Even Travis Jonsen received reps over Watson on the first and second team practice field.
Watson played in 11 games, starting two contests last season for the Bucs. He finished the season with seven receptions, five of them for first downs. His biggest impact came on special teams, where he led the team in tackles.
If a team places a player on the active/PUP list before the start of camp, it gives them the option to put that player on the reserve/PUP list at the start of the regular season, if necessary. Players who begin the regular season on the reserve/PUP list can be activated after six weeks.
Out for the next four months, the Bucs could decide to place Watson on injured reserve. They could also keep him on the PUP list with the hope of a late November/early December return. TE Cam Brate, WR John Franklin and CB Chris Wilcox are also on the PUP list.