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Chargers general manager explains decision to place Hunter Henry on PUP List

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The Los Angeles Chargers lost their star tight end Hunter Henry for the upcoming season thanks to an injury he suffered in the Spring. Or, at least, it seemed like he was lost for the season. Thanks to the decision general manager Tom Telesco made to place the young player on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, it is now technically possible that Henry could play this season.

Via the team website, Telesco explained:

“That’s a normal transaction to do since his injury happened before training camp. But, it does give us the small opportunity that if his rehab comes along very, very well, late in the year he could possibly come back to play. Now, the odds are much more that he’ll play next year and not this year, we know that. But, we figured let’s keep the window open if we can. I think it’s great for him.”

Now, it’s still far more like than not that we will not see Henry play in 2018, but possibility is on the table now if he is able to rehab sooner than anticipated. The Chargers and their fans would be better off not relying on that possibility, but it exists now, so both parties can at least let themselves dream about it.