Raiders outside linebacker Sio Moore had significant hip surgery early this offseason, and was supposed to be ready for the start of training camp.
It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. The third-year pro was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list, according to an NFL transaction wire posted on Monday afternoon.
Moore can sit out the start of training camp – Raiders rookies, quarterbacks and previously-injured players took the field first on Sunday – on the PUP, but be activated immediately once cleared by team doctors. That could happen at any time. The Raiders don't expect Moore to be on PUP long, and aren't worried about his delayed start.
The designation shows Moore isn’t quite ready for practice -- he reported to camp on Sunday -- but it doesn’t mean much outside of that. It affords an option to place Moore on the regular-season PUP if he misses the entire preseason, which is unexpected.
Moore was a limited participant late in the Raiders offseason program. He stuck to individual drills during some OTAs, but graduated to some team drills in a June mandatory minicamp, though he was held out for the final practice.
Head coach Jack Del Rio does not offer injury updates prior to the regular season, so Moore’s status at the end of minicamp was unknown.
Moore has been hindered by health thus far, but is still expected to be the starting weakside linebacker in 2015. The Raiders have depth at outside linebacker with Ray-Ray Armstrong and Malcolm Smith, who will see extra reps while Moore remains out.
Most Raiders report to training camp at the Napa Valley Marriott on Thursday. The first full-squad practice takes place on Friday.