| Ladarius Green's future in question -- Thu Aug 11 3:40 pm --|
Source: Dealing with recurring headaches, not lingering ankle injury
|The NFL Media report, attributed to an unnamed member of the Steelers, regarding the recurring headaches suffered by tight end Ladarius Green raises questions about the player’s future, and regarding his contract. First, rumors of Green dealing with lingering headaches have been circulating since training camp opened. The person who first mentioned the ongoing headaches suggested that Green is considering retirement. If the headaches don’t resolve, retirement remains an option. Second, earlier today the same source said there’s new speculation that the Steelers may eventually cut Green. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: The speculation since early summer was that Green was still recovering from offseason ankle injury, but this makes a lot more sense. Green arrived in Pittsburgh from San Diego as the "perfect fit" in the Steelers' vertical offense, but this news make it possible we may not see him in the Black and Gold in 2016 at the very least. With this news, Green drops from a potential top-five tight end to a high-risk TE2.
| TE Ladarius Green remains out -- Wed Aug 10 4:28 pm --|
No timetable available on his return from ankle surgery
|The Steelers think they may have the best offense in the NFL, but they still have one big hole to fill at tight end, and the player they signed to fill it remains out with no expressed optimism he will return any time soon. Ladarius Green has not practiced a down with them yet. He had surgery on an injured ankle in January, did not participate in any spring practices with his new team and opened training camp nearly two weeks ago on the physically unable to perform list, where he remains. Mike Tomlin, asked Wednesday if Green were coming along, replied simply, “He’s on PUP.” But the expectations are sinking so low that when Ben Roethlisberger talked about the tight end situation Tuesday, he did not mention Green. Asked how Green was coming along, Roethlisberger answered with a two-shoulder shrug.
FF Today's Take: Ladarius Green's opening day status is firmly up in the air. We saw a similar situation in Jacksonville a year ago when Julius Thomas struggled to gain a consistent role with his new team after missing a large chunk of the team's preseason and early regular season. Drop Green in your rankings and be sure to check for updates over the next few weeks. While their prized free agent signee has been out, Pittsburgh has used a group of inexperienced players that offer very limited fantasy potential.
|Ladarius Green placed on active/PUP list -- Fri Jul 29 1:30 pm --|
Recovering from ankle surgery
|TE Ladarius Green, who had two plates placed in his ankle this offseason, said he's on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he's not yet full strength in certain areas, such as cutting. Doesn't see why he won't be ready for Week 1, though. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The surgery reportedly took place in January so it's a little concerning that Green isn't ready to go for training camp in late July. No reason to bump him down your rankings at this point but it's a situation to keep your eye on.