With the announcement of linebacker Shawn Crable joining Wes Welker on the active PUP list, you could actually hear a collective groan resonate throughout New England.

Reports on WEEI this morning mentioned the possibility that with the rookies reporting on Sunday, it’s possible that Crable may have been required to report.  One thought mentioned by Michael Holley may have been that he may not have earned “veteran” status yet, since he’s yet to play a down of football since being drafted.  If that’s the case, it holds true to the possibility as Shalise Manza Young of the Globe pointed out that Crable may have simply failed his conditioning test.

Obviously we don’t know the reason, but if that’s the case it definitely wouldn’t be a good thing.

Reports from minicamp last month said that his reps were limited, and what ones he did get were with the scout team.  One has to wonder if he’s injured or if it’s something else – but today’s report is certainly disappointing, especially if he doesn’t come off of it early on.   He’s spent the last two years on injured reserve, although despite this morning’s designation under league rules, like Welker he can be taken off the list at any time.

Either way, it seems to be another setback for a guy who had so much promise coming out of Michigan.  Hopefully it’s finally his last.