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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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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

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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

Ben Roethlisberger "did not mention" Ladarius Green (ankle surgery) when asked Tuesday about the Steelers' tight end situation.

Asked about Green's progress from January ankle surgery, Big Ben "answered with a two-shoulder shrug." Ostensibly still in his rehab phase a whopping seven months removed from the procedure, Green has reportedly been running alone on a side field while the Steelers do 11-on-11s. Fantasy owners should begin moving Green down their cheatsheets while continuing to monitor his situation.
Aug 10 - 8:01 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin was evasive Wednesday when asked about Ladarius Green's (ankle surgery) return timetable.

"He's still on PUP," is all Tomlin offered. Green underwent surgery way back in January, making his recovery extremely lengthy at this point. Jesse James has been working as the Steelers' No. 1 tight end. Green offers elite TD-scoring upside when healthy, but he's missing valuable reps with Ben Roethlisberger.
Aug 10 - 4:34 PM

Ladarius Green's January surgery placed two plates into his ankle.

Green opened camp on the active/PUP list because he's "not yet full strength in certain areas, such as cutting." Green did tell ESPN's Jeremy Fowler that he "doesn't see why he won't be ready for Week 1, though." It's still a concern that Green is nearly seven months removed from surgery and unable to cut. Green is a high-ceiling, low-floor fantasy pick in the middle rounds.
Jul 29 - 12:44 PM

Steelers placed TE Ladarius Green (ankle surgery) on the active/PUP list.

There isn't a lot known about Green's status. He underwent an operation in January, the severity of which is unclear, and missed all of the offseason program. We'd expect he will be cleared soon, but that's just a guess until we get more information. Green will be a high-TD-upside TE1 if his health cooperates.
Jul 28 - 5:02 PM

Ladarius Green underwent offseason ankle surgery and won't participate in OTAs.

Green ended last season on I.R. with an ankle injury that apparently required some sort of operation/clean-up procedure, which is believed to have happened in January, according to Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken. He hasn't participated in offseason workouts and is without a timetable for return, though it's likely the Steelers are just being cautious. Obviously, the Steelers felt comfortable enough with Green's ankle to give him a four-year, $20 million contract. Green's recovery is worth monitoring, but we tentatively expect him back for camp.
May 25 - 1:16 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
2Sammie Coates
3Darrius Heyward-Bey
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Eli Rogers
WR31Eli Rogers
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
K1Chris Boswell