Linebacker David Thornton will be placed on the reserve physically unable to perform list (PUP) either today or Saturday by the Tennessee Titans.
Thornton underwent hip surgery approximately three months ago, and began training camp on PUP and was not ever activated. The move to reserve PUP removes Thornton from counting against the 53-man roster and gives him a six-week window in order to continue his rehab work.
Thornton also underwent surgery for a torn pectoral muscle as well this off-season. His season ended after 11 games last year because of those injuries.
“David Thornton has worked very, very hard to get to this point. David had two surgeries. He had shoulder surgery, and then he had hip surgery about three months ago. The hip is the issue. It is a very complicated process, a very sophisticated [situation] and he has to be patient through the rehab process,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.
Thornton declined comment after Thursday night's game with the New Orleans Saints about his situation. There has been speculation that he has arthritis in his hip.
“I think he has done an extraordinary job at this point, but he's still not ready to play. In time, he will benefit from the the time. We are going to continue to let him have the next six weeks to get himself ready to play, then we'll be able to evaluate him in an environment where we'll be able to make a decision,” Fisher said.
Once the six weeks is up, the Titans can activate Thornton into a three-week window to let him practice before deciding whether or not to add him to the active roster.
Thornton is in the final year of his contract and is owed a $4.35 million base salary.