Tomlin said he's excited about potential contributions from TE Ladarius Green moving forward. Expects increased reps moving forward.
This came from our very own Dale Lolley who is all over the Steelers, including nailing the timeline on QB Ben Roethlisberger a few weeks ago. Green had two catches for 67 yards last week on three targets and played over 25-percent of the snaps. Usually a wait-and-see approach is best in these situations, but Green may be worth grabbing off the wire if he's still available and you need help at the position.
Wheaton injured his shoulder in practice prior to last week’s game, while Heyward suffered a torn pectoral in last week’s game. Richardson could play Sunday as veteran running back DeAngelo Williams is still recovering from knee surgery.
The move clears the path at WR for Eli Rogers to pretty much be the team's WR2 option, at least until Sammie Coates can recover from a couple of broken fingers on the same hand. Cobi Hamilton should also be involved in the offense, but it could also opens the door for TE Ladarius Green to be more involved once he can get back into game shape.
Friday, November 18, 2016, 6:41pm
Steelers TE Ladarius Green (knee) took full practice reps again Friday. Green was removed from the injury report so he’ll be out there against the Browns. Owners desperate at TE could do a lot worse. Once he’s a full go, he’s a threat for TE1 numbers.
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:12pm
Steelers TE Ladarius Green (knee) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Green played a limited role in Week 10, but the upgrade to a full practice is a good sign. He should be able to play against the Browns. Once he’s a full go, he’s a threat for TE1 numbers.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:11pm
Steelers TE Ladarius Green (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Green played a limited role in Week 10, but is now dealing with a knee injury. The limited Wednesday practice indicates that he should be able to play against the Browns.
The team announced Green's activation on Saturday. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the tight end will play Sunday against the Cowboys.
The Steelers will welcome Green into their offense that has had to rely on a variety of pass-catching targets for much of the season due to injuries and suspensions. Jesse James is listed at the Steelers' No. 1 tight end, but there's a reason Pittsburgh spent $20 million on Green. It's likely the Steelers will gradually work Green into the offense so it's probably better to wait and see this week, but Green certainly seems to have a lot of potential in this Steeler offense.
Green (ankle), who has spent the first nine weeks of the season on the PUP list, "had a really good week last week," head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters Tuesday.
It may be hard to trust Green in fantasy lineups his first week back, but he certainly has potential to be a threat in the middle of the field. It may be a good time to try and grab him off the wire if you need help at the position.
Ladarius Green is still on the physically unable to perform list but started practicing Oct. 25. The Steelers have a 21-day window from that date to activate Green, who signed a four-year, $20 million deal in the offseason.
Though it's uncertain when Green will be physically ready coming off his ankle injury, Tomlin has noticed Green's preparation.
"It has been a pleasant surprise he’s displayed some detail in his work," Tomlin said. "I think we’re going to analyze it week to week, with this week being included in that as well."
Green confirmed he was a full participant on Monday, but said that the hitting took some adjusting. Green's status for Sunday against the Ravens is not confirmed and will likely depend on his practice progress this week.
Finally, the Ferrari is pulling into the Steelers' practice field.
Seven months after the Steelers gave him a rare big-money free-agent contract, three months after being placed on the physically unable to perform list and seven weeks into the regular season, Ladarius Green is – at last – expected go through his first practice with the Steelers.
Related players: Jesse James
Green said Monday he had been medically cleared and that coach Mike Tomlin had decided to hold him out. By rule, Green was not permitted to practice until last week. Once he does practice. The team has 21 days to activate him to the 53-man roster. Jesse James has 22 catches for 159 yards and three TDs this year.
Ladarius Green said he planned to have a conversation on Monday afternoon with coach Mike Tomlin to decide whether he'll practice this week. Green is eligible to return from the physically unable to perform list, and the Steelers then have 21 days to activate him once he begins practicing.
"Everything is getting better, everything has progressed pretty well," he said. "I’m just waiting to get the word."
Green said he has voiced he desire to begin practicing to Tomlin.
"He knows I want to be out there, but it’s up to him to do what’s best for the team," Green said. "I’ve agreed with everything he decides like I’ve been doing, and he’ll make the right decision."
TE Ladarius Green, who signed with the Steelers during free agency, was placed on the physically unable to perform list prior to the start of the regular season, requiring him to miss the first six games of the year. He is now eligible to return and is hoping that he can get on the field this week in practice and be ready to go.
“I might finally get a chance to go on the field and play and practice,” said Green. “That is exciting. I feel pretty good. It’s been a while since I have played, a while since I have practiced. I feel good. I am excited to get back out there and see what I can do.”
Related players: Jesse James
Green said any decision on a timetable for his return is up to the coaches, and with the way the tight ends, including Jesse James, Xavier Grimble and D.J. Johnson are playing, he knows he has a lot to prove, the story said. Green has been dealing with an ankle injury that has sidelined him for months now, but said the last obstacle to overcome was the ability to jump on it, something he is comfortable with now.
The Pittsburgh Steelers walked away from last season with an affinity for Jesse James but unsure if that relationship would graduate to love. The signing of tight end Ladarius Green to a four-year deal confirmed that status.
Now that Green will start the season on the physically unable to perform list, the Steelers need the love to flow through the Three Rivers.
It is officially Jesse James time. And he's ready.
"I feel really good. I feel confident," said James, who recorded four catches for 25 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans last week. "I want to be a primary option for us."
The story didn't predict James would become a primary option, but did feel, at 6-6, he's a huge red zone target with sure hands. He works hard at blocking and isn't elite but wants to get better, the story said. It sounds like he could make for a lower-end TE1 or high-end TE2 fantasy option if all goes well. Ben Roethlisberger likes to target the TE so it may just be a matter of gaining James' trust in key situations as well as the red zone.
Ladarius Green will continue to sit out.
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday they placed the tight end on the physically unable to perform list to start the season.
The move doesn't come as a surprise. Green hasn't participated in workouts after signing a four-year, $20 million contract this offseason.
NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported earlier this month that Green was dealing with recurring headaches after suffering multiple concussions during his four years in San Diego.
The Steelers and Green insist his ankle has been the reason he's missed workouts, but the tight end's agent told Kinkhabwala the ankle is "fine."
Green was ramping up his activity, but he’ll miss at least the first six games as he continues to rehab his ankle (or deals with lingering headaches from a 2015 concussion, depending on who you believe). He has fantastic potential in this offense, so his status is worth monitoring in September and October as a possible midseason pickup. But he’s no longer worth a late-round pick in all but the deepest leagues. Jesse James takes over as the starter and is a sneaky play for the first half of the season. James has terrific size and should serve as a nice target in the red zone.
Steelers tight end Ladarius Green on Saturday denied rumors that he's dealing with recurring headaches and reiterated it is his surgically repaired ankle is what is keeping him on the physically unable to perform list.
Speaking for the first time since a NFL Network report Aug. 11 said he was suffering headaches possibly stemming from a pair of concussions during a two-week span last year while playing for the Chargers, Green said he was surprised when he heard about having recurring headaches.
“I don't know what reports those are,” Green said. “I am still on PUP because of my ankle.”
Follow-up reports claimed the Steelers could ultimately release Green, and even Green was contemplating retirement. Hopefully the headache reports are indeed false. Still, Green has missed a big part of camp. He could be a big weapon in the middle of the field for Ben Roethlisberger if he can get healthy.
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