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Cody Prewitt placed on Titan’s injured reserve

Cody Prewitt placed on Titan’s injured reserve

Ole Miss All-American safety Cody Prewitt has been placed on injured reserve by the Tennessee Titans. Prewitt suffered a foot injury in the Titans’ August 2nd practice and will need surgery.

Evie interviewing Cody Prewitt after Senior Bowl

The Rebel Walk interviewed All-American Cody Prewitt following the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. (Photo credit: Amanda Swain, The Rebel Walk)

The Bay Springs, Miss. native was waived/injured by the Titans on August 6th. After clearing waivers, Prewitt reverted to injured reserve, which opens up a spot on the Titans’ roster.

The Rebel Walk reached out to Robbie Bohren, Senior Director of Media Relations for the Tennessee Titans, for clarification of Prewitt’s current status:

Yes, he is on our injured reserve,” Bohren responded. “There could still be an injury settlement for him, or he could remain on our injured reserve for the remainder of the season.”

Because they can be quite confusing, here’s our table of the various injury statuses and their definitions.

StatusDescription
Waived/InjuredWhen a team waives an injured player, any other team may claim him. If a player clears waivers, the player is immediately reverted to IR or the team will negotiate an injury settlement to allow the player to pursue other opportunities with another club.
Injured ReservePlayers with a major injury will be put on a team’s Injured Reserve (IR) list. These players may not return to the active roster for the rest of the season, and the club retains their rights. These players are paid their full salaries or a split amount ( usually journeymen and later round picks) as negotiated in their contract. Teams can place any number of players on injured reserve. Any player placed on the IR list counts against the team's salary cap, but not against the roster limit. These players are ineligible to play again (for the same team) during the ongoing season. They may not practice with the team at any time, but they can attend team meetings, and generally associate with the team as much as they like.
Short Term IR/Designated for ReturnSince 2012, teams are allowed to place one player on injured reserve--and they can then bring that one player back to the active roster during the season. The player is not allowed to practice until after Week 6 and can only be activated to play after Week 8. If the designation is made during the season, the player cannot practice for six weeks and cannot be activated for eight weeks. During this time, the player doesn't count against the 53-man roster limit, but he does count against the cap.
Injury SettlementSome players may receive an injury settlement, instead of being placed on IR for the rest of the season. A team will negotiate an injury settlement if the player has a chance of returning from the injury in that season. Once a settlement is reached, the player is released and free to pursue another team. The amount of the settlement is based upon the number of weeks the player is “estimated” to be unable to play. This comes in the form of a team doctor’s opinion and a second opinion doctor of the player.
Active PUP-Physically Unable to PerformThe Active/PUP designation is used for players who are unable to start training camp. Once these players are medically cleared, they can immediately join team practices.
Reserve PUP - Physically Unable to PerformReserve PUP is the regular season equivalent of the Active/PUP, but with slightly different rules. A player on the Active/PUP list automatically moves to Reserve/PUP at the end of training camp, provided he hasn't practiced with the team. Once a player moves off the Active/PUP list during camp and starts practicing, he is automatically ineligible for Reserve/PUP. Once a player is moved to Reserve/PUP, he is automatically excluded from practicing or playing with the team for the first six weeks of the season.

To replace Prewitt on the roster, the Titans signed safety Josh Aubrey, who played for the Browns in 2013 and the Texans last season.

The Rebel Walk wishes Cody the best and will keep you posted of any updates to his status.

(Feature image credit: Bentley Breland, The Rebel Walk)

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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