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Jones, Bell, Waddle going on Lions' active/PUP list

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Joique Bell has 22 yards on 20 carries after playing in the first three games.

Three Lions starters could miss the start of training camp Monday as they continue to recover from injuries.

Defensive end Jason Jones, running back Joique Bell and offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle will all start camp on the physically unable to perform list and won't begin practicing until they're medically cleared.

Jones missed mandatory minicamp in June following minor knee surgery. Coach Jim Caldwell said last month the 29-year-old would be "ready to go" for training camp, and the team expects him to recover before the season begins.

Bell underwent minor knee and Achilles tendon surgeries in January, and even though he's said he expected to be healthy for camp, offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi expressed concern last month over whether he'd be at the right fitness level when it opens.

Waddle also had surgery in January to repair a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, an injury he suffered in December. The Lions remain hopeful he'll be ready near the start of the season, but PUP was the expectation for an injury with a long recovery period.

Players on active/PUP can return to practice as soon as they're healthy. If any of them are still recovering after three preseason games, they'll be eligible for the reserve/PUP list, which would hold them out of practice and games for at least the first six weeks.

Placing players on active/PUP is often a precaution in the event of a setback. Golden Tate began last year on the list, but the Lions activated him for the first practice of camp.

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