The Steelers announced on Thursday that they have released Green. The move, which will clear just over $2.6 million in cap room, came with the failed physical designation, which isn’t a great surprise given how Green’s one season with the team played out.
Green had ankle surgery last March and did not play his first game with the Steelers until Week 10 of the regular season. He then suffered a concussion in Week 15 and missed the rest of the year. That concussion came after concerns were raised during the offseason about how long it took Green to recover from a previous head injury.
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 5:38pm
Friday, January 20, 2017, 6:32pm
Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, illness, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 20. Green is trending the right direction, though he hasn’t played in a while and may see limited snaps if he does suit up. His return would provide a boost to the Steeler passing game.
Sunday, January 15, 2017, 7:11pm
Friday, January 13, 2017, 8:14pm
Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 19. Green isn’t going to play, so Jesse James should continue to see most of the snaps at tight end. He’s a touchdown-or-bust option at this point.
Jesse James will see starter's snaps, but Eli Rogers tends to see a bump in work with Green out. he has averaged 4.1 catches for 49 yards and 0.22 TD (on 5.8 targets) in the nine games in which Green was either sidelined or played less than 20% of the snaps. In the other four games, Rogers has averaged 2.8 catches for 37 yards and 0.25 TD (on 3.5 T/G). James has averaged a modest 2.9 catches for 25 yards and 0.25 (on 4.3 T/G) with Green out or very limited. The Dolphins have been poor against both receivers (#28 in WR aFPA) and tight ends (#32 in TE aFPA).
Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:00pm
Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking full reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 18. He’s still in the concussion protocol, so it doesn’t look like Green will make his return this week. Eli Rogers has been one of the beneficiaries of Green’s absence; he has averaged 4.1 catches for 49 yards and 0.22 TD (on 5.8 targets) in the nine games in which Green was either sidelined or played less than 20% of the snaps. In the other four games, Rogers has averaged 2.8 catches for 37 yards and 0.25 TD (on 3.5 T/G). Jesse James has averaged a modest 2.9 catches for 25 yards and 0.25 (on 4.3 T/G) with Green out or very limited. The Dolphins have been poor against both receivers (#28 in WR aFPA) and tight ends (#32 in TE aFPA).
Ladarius Green remains in concussion protocol, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is hopeful the veteran tight end can play Sunday in the AFC wild-card playoff game against the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field.
Green has not played since taking a blow to the head late in the Steelers' game at Cincinnati on Dec. 18.
“He is progressing rather well,” Tomlin said.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Green is inactive as pretty much expected most of this week. Jesse James will see more snaps and time but hasn't always been fully involved in the offense.
Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm
Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 16. Look for Jesse James to see an increase in snaps, though he wasn’t very involved earlier in the season other than the occasional touchdown.
Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm
Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Green looks doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. If he can’t play, look for Jesse James to see an increase in snaps, though he wasn’t very involved earlier in the season other than the occasional touchdown.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Green was visiting with a doctor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for an evaluation of his injury.
Tomlin said that Green’s history with concussions is not making the team handle this injury any differently than they would under other circumstances.
“We’ll follow the protocol to the letter as we always do,” Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “His level of participation is an indicator of where it’s going or not going.”
Related players: Jesse James
There were reports during the offseason that Green was dealing with lingering symptoms from a concussion he suffered last season, although the Steelers and Green said that an ankle injury was the reason for his absence from the field. Jesse James would see a larger role if Green can't play in Week 16.
James said they're prepared to do it again Sunday if necessary.
Before Green was added to the active roster last month, it wasn't uncommon for James to play every snap at tight end. With Green's status for Sunday's game uncertain because he is under the NFL's concussion protocol, James might be asked to carry a heavy workload again. He wasn't always heavily involved in pass catching though. His season high for catches was six in Week 5 (season high eight targets) and his yardage high was 59 in Week 10.
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