After word spread that the Chiefs had waived TE Brad Cottam to make room for Leroy Banks, it seemed his career in Kansas City would be over with an injury settlement. Not so fast. Cottam — with an injury designation — cleared waivers and was placed on the Reserve/PUP list by the Chiefs. Josh Looney explains what that means for Cottam and the Chiefs.
Cottam is now free to continue rehabbing with the Chiefs, but will not count against the 80-man roster as the club opens training camp. We’ll likely see him active in the “rehab zone” located on the sidelines of practice sessions.
Essentially, Cottam is in the same boat as RB Kolby Smith was at the beginning of training camp last season. By being placed on Reserve/PUP, Cottam is not eligible to play for the first six weeks of the season.
Once Week Six passes, Cottam will then have a three-week window to practice with the team. During that time frame, the club must make a decision to either waive the player, place the player on injured reserve or activate the player to the 53-man roster.
And it all works out for the best. Both in my first guess at the 53-man roster and when Cottam was waived, I hoped that he would try and work through his neck injury on PUP. This will force Cottam to take his time coming back, because he will no doubt be in a hurry to get back on the field and prove that he’s healthy.