Crable, Warren among five on PUP list
The training camp competition to replace Mike Vrabel at outside linebacker is already a man down.
According to an NFL source, second-year outside linebacker Shawn Crable joined veteran left defensive end Ty Warren on the physically unable to perform list.
Rookie offensive lineman and fourth-round pick Rich Ohrnberger, offensive tackle Mark LeVoir (shoulder injury), and rookie defensive lineman and seventh-round pick Darryl Richard also will open camp on the PUP. Training camp begins Thursday.
Crable, a 2008 third-round pick, was expected to compete with Pierre Woods, Vince Redd, and Tully Banta-Cain for playing time at outside linebacker. Crable’s inclusion on the PUP list is a surprise. He participated in organized team activities during the offseason and was on the field for mandatory minicamp in June.
Last season, Crable didn’t play a down. He was inactive for eight games before he was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a shin injury.
Warren, who missed three games last season with a torn left groin, had surgery on his left and right groins in January and also had a procedure to clean up his right knee in February. In April, Warren told the Globe he thought he’d be ready for training camp.
All five players were placed on the active/PUP list, which means they will be eligible to return during training camp, when the team deems them ready. Reserve/PUP dictates that a player must sit out the first six weeks of the regular season before he can be activated.
The Patriots placed rookie wide receiver and third-round pick Brandon Tate, who is rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and first-year offensive lineman Jermail Porter, a converted college wrestler, on the active/non-football injury list (NFI). Like players on PUP, Tate and Porter are eligible to come off active/NFI if and when the team considers them ready to participate in camp.
Mike Reiss of the Globe staff contributed to this report.