Canty (knee), Sintim (knee), Nicks (foot) and Beckum (knee) start camp on PUP. Beatty (back) will be limited.
— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) July 26, 2012
Nicks isn't supposed to be ready until the last week of the preseason at the soonest. Canty had promised to be ready for camp, but it looks like the Giants will give him some extra time to recoup. Beckum, who tore an ACL in the Super Bowl, was thought to be on the fast track to recovery but he apparently needs more time as well. Sintim hasn't played in a year after tearing his ACL in the final preseason game last summer.
What does being placed on PUP mean? SNY Giants insider Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News explains:
Putting a player on PUP doesn't mean much any more other than that it gives the team the option to keep them on PUP for the start of the regular season (as opposed to putting them on season-ending injured reserve). The Giants can't replace any of them on the 90-man training camp roster and the players can be removed from the PUP list at any time.
If the players are still on PUP when the Giants are ready to cut down to their final 53-man roster at the end of the preseason they then would have the option of placing them on the regular-season PUP list. If they do, the players must sit out at least the first six weeks of the season before they can even return to practice with the rest of the team.