PUPLadarius Green
TE PIT (8)
2 weeks ago

Green (ankle) believes he'll be ready to return in Week 7 against the Patriots, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "It's a good possibility," he said Monday. "We'll see. I don't want to jinx it, but the rehab is going good. My ankle feels good running."

EDGE Analysis

Green's first training camp and preseason as a Steeler was fraught with conflicting reports about his continued absence, with headaches and a slow recovery from offseason ankle surgery alternating as the culprit. However, the organization ended speculation between the third and fourth exhibitions, placing the tight end on the PUP list. Missing the first six games of the campaign has given Green additional time to complete his rehabilitation. Unfortunately for him, league rules won't allow him to practice until Oct. 17 -- or one day after Pittsburgh's Week 6 tilt in Miami -- leaving very little time to prove his health in advance of the aforementioned showdown with the Patriots.

PUPLadarius Green
TE PIT (8)
1 month ago

Green (ankle) was transferred to the regular-season PUP list Tuesday, ruling him out for the first six games of the year, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

Green has recovered from January ankle surgery much slower than expected, with his continued absence from practice even stirring rumors that he's still bothered by symptoms from a concussion he suffered early last season. He recently shot down those rumors, speaking publicly for one of the few times since he signed a four-year, $20 million contract in March. The 26-year-old tight end did admit that is ankle is progressing slowly, as he only recently started bearing weight on the affected leg. The Steleers hope to have him back mid-season, but it does seem there's at least some chance Green ends up missing the entire year. 2015 fifth-round selection Jesse James has filled in as the starting tight end this preseason, with David Johnson and Xavier Grimble also picking up some first-team snaps.

PUPLadarius Green
TE PIT (8)
1 month ago

Green (ankle) has recently added weight-bearing activities to his rehab workouts, PennLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Green has been stuck on the Steelers' PUP list since the start of training camp after having offseason ankle surgery, but has added to his workouts lately in hopes of returning soon. The tight end has squatted with weights on his back, pulled weights across the field and began jumping again in recent days. While there's still no timeline for Green's return, he at least seems to be making progress. That being said, it appears unlikely Green will be ready for the start of the regular season, leaving Jesse James and David Johnson as Pittsburgh's top tight ends in the meantime.

PUPLadarius Green
TE PIT (8)
1 month ago

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler relays that Green told him that he's holding out hope to be ready for Week 1, but notes that the tight end acknowledges his ankle rehab is going "very slow."

EDGE Analysis

While the report does not address speculation that the tight end has been dealing with headaches, Green, in any case, maintains that his continued presence on the PUP list is related to his ankle issue. With the NFL regular season quickly approaching, Green's Week 1 status remains cloudy, a situation that could lead to fellow TE Jesse James carving out some deep-league fantasy utility out of the gate.

PUPLadarius Green
TE PIT (8)
1 month ago

When asked Saturday if he was dealing with headaches as has been speculated, Green reiterated that the reason for his continued presence on the Steelers' PUP list is his ankle issue, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "I don't know what reports those are," Green, noted on the matter of his health. "I am still on PUP because of my ankle. I have still be rehabbing on my ankle, so I haven't been dealing with anything else but that."

EDGE Analysis

Moreover, the tight end -- who signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Steelers in March -- went on to refute the notion that retirement has entered his mind at this stage, indicating that he continues to work toward a return to the field. On that front, Green acknowledges that he still has some work to do, with a specific timetable for his return not offered. "It is still weak," Green said of his surgically-repaired ankle. "But it is getting a lot better. The ankle still isn't 100 percent yet. It is still not there yet. There is still stuff I have to work on. There is still stuff I am pushing toward, but it is getting better." On the plus side, the report relays that Green indicates that he has been working out daily, with his activities including running routes, blocking and sprinting at full speed. With the regular season fast approaching, the Steelers will need to make a call on Green's roster status within the next couple of weeks. If he ends up on the team's regular-season PUP list, he'd miss at least six weeks of action. Such a potential outcome remains speculative however, with Green suggesting that at this time he is "just going to take it day-by-day."

PUPLadarius Green
TE PIT (8)
1 month ago

Green (ankle) has increased his activity in the past week, including running routes and catching passes, the Observer-Reporter reports. "I've been doing a lot more," he said Saturday. "I've been on the field every day trying to run, building myself up. ... The ankle's still not 100 percent yet. I'm pushing for it. It's getting better."

EDGE Analysis

Green dismissed that concussions suffered early last season were the reason for his continued absence from practice. Instead, the culprit is his surgically repaired ankle, which has slowly but surely been able to handle an augmented workload. In addition to the routes charted and passes hauled in, Green took part in warmups in the lead-up to Thursday's preseason game versus the Eagles. Without a timeline for his removal from the PUP list, though, it's unclear when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be allowed to work with his new target in the Steelers' offense.

PUPLadarius Green
TE PIT (8)
1 month ago

Green (ankle/concussion) was spotted running and cutting on a side field at Tuesday's practice, Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Green walked off the field "kind of gingerly" after he completed his individual work, though it doesn't sound as if he was sporting an obvious limp. The nugget might seem to suggest that Green's continued absence is more about his ankle than concussion concerns, but there have been persistent rumors that the 26-year-old is still bothered by headaches. It's actually possible both issues remain significant, which would explain why Green has made so little progress through three weeks of training camp. In any case, a return to team drills doesn't seem imminent, leaving Green no better than questionable to be ready for Week 1. With Heath Miller retired, the Steelers may have to rely on some combination of Jesse James, David Johnson and Xavier Grimble at tight end.

PUPLadarius Green
TE PIT (8)
2 months ago

With Green (ankle) still on the Steelers' active PUP list, Jesse James is listed first among tight ends on the Steelers' posted depth chart.

EDGE Analysis

While James didn't do much in the Steelers' preseason opener (one catch for four yards), Green's continued absence makes the next man up (James) a name to file away, more so in the wake of recent reports which have introduced the possibility that Green may be dealing with lingering headaches, as he continues to recover from offseason ankle surgery. With that in mind, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review relays that coach Mike Tomlin maintains that Green remains on PUP because of his ankle issue and that the tight end is "rehabbing nice." Regardless of what is more (or less) behind Green's absence, there has been no timetable for his return presented, a reality that has prevented him from moving into his anticipated role of helping fill the void created by the retirement of long-time Steeler Heath Miller.

PUPLadarius Green
TE PIT (8)
2 months ago

Head coach Mike Tomlin insists that Green's ankle injury is what is keeping him out, not a concussion, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

Green was reported to have been in the concussion protocol on Thursday, however Tomlin would not confirm those reports. He optimistically added that Green is recovering nicely, but that his surgically repaired ankle isn't ready to go yet, and remains on the physically unable to perform list.

PUPLadarius Green
TE PIT (8)
2 months ago

Green (ankle) is currently in the concussion protocol, Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Until Thursday, Green's continued absence from practice was attributed to his recovery from ankle surgery in January, but recurring headaches emerged as the true culprit. His agent confirmed as much about Green's ankle, telling Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com it's "fine." Thus, Green landed on the PUP list at the outset of training camp as he works his way through the concussion protocol, from which he'll need to receive clearance in order to practice. When (or if) that occurs, he'll be able to begin his quest to replace retired tight end Heath Miller.