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Ladarius Green | Tight End | #80

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/29/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 240
College: Louisiana-Lafayette
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (110) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Ladarius Green (ankle, PUP) will begin practicing on Tuesday.
The practice, Green's first as a Steeler, will start a 21-day window for him to be activated. The fact the Steelers decided to start that clock during the bye week suggests they hope to have the tight end back in Week 9. Coming off an extended absence for a new team, Green will be difficult to trust in a tough matchup against the Ravens even if he is active. Oct 25 - 9:35 AM

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Ladarius Green (ankle, PUP) hopes to practice during the Steelers' Week 8 bye.

Green planned to speak with coach Mike Tomlin on Monday. It's welcome news after Green said five days ago he had "no timetable" for a return to the practice field. Beset by a wave of injuries and suspensions in their pass catcher corps, the Steelers could really use Green's play-making ability.
Oct 24 - 1:55 PM

Ladarius Green (ankle, PUP) said there is "no timetable" for him to return to practice.

Signed to a four-year, $20 million deal in March, Green has yet to practice with the Steelers because of an offseason ankle injury. There have also been reports he is dealing with complications from a concussion. Even once he returns to practice, it will likely take him several weeks to settle in with the new offense. He is not worth stashing right now in standard-sized leagues.
Oct 20 - 9:31 AM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said a decision has yet to be made on whether Ladarius Green (ankle, PUP) will return to practice this week.

Green's plan all along was to return against New England in Week 7, which is the earliest he could be activated from the PUP list. Despite Green's assurances, Tomlin didn't seem as certain about his status. The Steelers will have 21 days to active Green once he returns to practice. Jesse James has been filling in at tight end.
Oct 18 - 12:41 PM

Ladarius Green (ankle, PUP) plans to return against the Patriots in Week 7.

Week 7 is when Green is first eligible to return from the physically unable to perform list. "I’m definitely excited to be back out there," said Green. The ex-Charger endured an unusually lengthy recovery from offseason ankle surgery but appears to be back or at least close to full strength. There were rumors that Green's progress was stalled due to lingering concussion symptoms, though the Steelers have refuted those claims.
Oct 12 - 5:40 PM

Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, PUP) said there is a "good possibility" he is able to return when first eligible Week 7.

"I don’t want to jinx it, but the rehab is going good," Green said. "My ankle feels good running." Even if he is healthy, it will be a stretch for Green to contribute right away. He has still never practiced with the Steelers, and he is not eligible to begin working with the team until October 17. This could end up being a lost season for the talented pass catcher. Jesse James has become an every-down player in Green's absence, and he would have a role even once (if) Green is activated.
Sep 20 - 10:33 AM

Steelers placed TE Ladarius Green (ankle, headaches) on the reserve/PUP list.

It was the expected outcome even though no one really knows what's truly sidelining the fifth-year tight end. Green and the Steelers both claim it is his ankle, but his agent said earlier this month that his ankle was fine. The headache rumors have not been completely debunked. Considering just how up in the air the situation is, Green shouldn't be stashed in re-draft leagues. Jesse James will open the year as the Steelers' pass catcher at tight end.
Aug 30 - 4:10 PM

Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, headaches) is "holding out hope" he'll be ready for Week 1, but acknowledges his rehab has gone "very slow."

It's still unclear what Green is even "rehabbing." He's adopted the team's party line that he's not dealing with headaches, but his own agent has said it's not his ankle. It's a ridiculously-muddled situation, one that makes Green a no-go as anything other than a risk/reward TE2.
Aug 25 - 4:32 PM

Steelers TE Ladarius Green (active/PUP) called reports he is sidelined by headaches just rumors.

"I don't know what reports those are," Green said. "I am still on PUP because of my ankle." Green added his ankle is "getting better." To his point, Green did appear to be doing a little more work on a side field during practice this week. Green's status is still completely up in the air, but he did say he is "confident" he will play this season.
Aug 20 - 4:22 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler believes Ladarius Green (ankle, headaches, active/PUP) could be headed to injured reserve.

That would be an odd decision considering the Steelers could just stash him on the reserve/PUP to start the season, but the overall takeaway is Green remains highly questionable for Week 1. With Green's future in doubt, Jesse James has suddenly become an interesting late-round pick in deeper leagues.
Source: ESPN
Aug 18 - 12:45 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports there remains "no clarity" with Ladarius Green's (ankle, headaches) injury situation.

Coach Mike Tomlin still hasn't even admitted Green is dealing with headaches. Per Fowler, Green "usually runs under the watchful eye of a trainer, maybe adding a few light cuts or footwork drills," but that's the extent of his camp participation. There has been no indication he is close to being cleared. Even as a late-round lottery ticket, Green makes little sense as a fantasy pick right now.
Aug 15 - 3:16 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin insisted after Friday night's preseason opener that Ladarius Green is on the active/PUP list due to his recovery from ankle surgery.

There's a better-than-even chance Tomlin is outright lying. Multiple reports have stated Green is battling headaches presumably resulting from multiple concussions suffered last year in San Diego. It's true that Green underwent ankle surgery, but the procedure took place last January. Tomlin did not address the reports about Green's headaches. Green remains out indefinitely. There have been rumors he may eventually be forced to retire.
Aug 12 - 11:07 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports Ladarius Green didn't tell the Steelers he was having headaches when they signed him in March.

If true -- and if the Steelers can prove it's true -- they might be able to recoup the $4.75 million signing bonus given to Green. Since it was revealed on Thursday that Green was having these problems thanks to a pair of concussions last September, there have been whispers Green could be forced to retire, or the Steelers could release him. We'll keep providing updates.
Aug 12 - 8:59 AM

Profootballtalk reports "retirement remains an option" for Ladarius Green as he deals with recurring headaches.

Per Mike Florio, "rumors" of Green's headaches have been circulating since the beginning of camp. In a bit of unnecessary deception, the Steelers had been insisting Green's absence was related to his offseason ankle surgery. Florio reports the Steelers could "eventually" release Green if the headaches do not subside. With the news finally out in the open, developments figure to come at a rapid pace. It goes without saying Green should no longer be drafted as a TE1. He's a high-risk TE2 flier.
Aug 11 - 2:43 PM's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports Ladarius Green's absence from training camp is due to "recurring headaches," and not his offseason ankle surgery.

The Steelers have been giving the impression Green's absence is ankle related, but his agent insists his foot is "fine." It's an extremely concerning development for a player with a lengthy concussion history. At this point, we can't consider Green anything other than week to week and questionable for Week 1. The Steelers' tight end depth chart is barren behind Green, with second-year pro Jesse James the next man up. The team also has blocker David Johnson and third-year UDFA Xavier Grimble.
Aug 11 - 1:44 PM

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QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Zach Mettenberger
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Fitzgerald Toussaint
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3Eli Rogers
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Sammie Coates
3Cobi Hamilton
WR31Sammie Coates
TE1Jesse James
2David Johnson
3Xavier Grimble
4Ladarius Green
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Ryan Harris
LG1Ramon Foster
2Chris Hubbard
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Cody Wallace
RG1David DeCastro
2B.J. Finney
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Brian Mihalik
K1Chris Boswell