Steelers TE Ladarius Green Fails To Start Practicing On Wednesday


Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green is eligible to start practicing whenever he gets the go-ahead to do so from the coaching staff. That go-ahead, however, didn’t take place on Wednesday as Green didn’t start practicing, according to Chris Bradford of The Beaver County Times.

In short, you can go ahead and assume that the earliest Green will play for the Steelers will be sometime after their bye week as he won’t play Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Once Green does resume practicing, the Steelers will then have 21 days to decide whether or not to remove him from their Reserve/PUP list and place him back on their 53-man roster.

Green, who signed a four-year, $20 million free agent contract with the Steelers this past March, has yet to practice with the team as he’s been rehabbing from offseason ankle surgery.

With Green still sidelined, the Steelers will continue to use tight ends Jesse James, David Johnson and Xavier Grimble. Those three players have combined to catch 28 passes for 241 yards and 4 touchdowns so far through the first 6 games of the regular season.


  • CodeNameJerk

    Not even limited. That’s a bummer.

  • Kevin artis

    Did we get hosed on this deal?

  • gdeuce

    what do they have to lose to let him practice

  • Daniel

    Must be nice to get paid millions to sit on the couch..this dude is not gonna play

  • WreckIess

    The situation keeps getting more and more confusing because he keeps saying that he thinks he’ll practice and I’ve yet to hear from him that he can’t practice. It’s always that the coaches aren’t letting him practice.

  • RickM

    After yesterday’s “elements of the equation” answer we’ll almost certainly be waiting a while. I just hope the folks who have fairly predicted we won’t see him play a down in 2016 are wrong. But with each passng day…

  • Daniel

    Some BOLTS must be loose in his head

  • The Truth

    Not surprising at all. Surprising would be seeing him play this season.

  • steelersfan

    For the life of me, I can’t explain why I still get shocked and irritated when I hear about this guy…I will be relieved when we cut him….not if but when. .

  • RickM

    I have to admit I’ve never seen a more curious case. The FO leads us to believe something and it doesn’t pan out. Do you think it’s embarrassment that they signed him and they are intentionally making it look like he might play until they finally announce he’s out for the season? That’s dark, but the level of false hope has been unreal, both from the player and the FO.

  • steelersfan

    Steelers have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl than L. Green contributing in a significant way this season and even beyond.

  • Michael Pennant

    Give the guy a break already. He is injured NOT hurt and is coming of surgery.

  • Brian Miller

    Color me shocked…

  • Alex K

    Yes.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    He’s a Ferrari alright. One with a flat tire and no heart.

  • RickM

    Starting to believe this is all a ruse, with him either ruled out for the season a while ago, or him intending to retire. Too many inconsistencies on what has been said and what has then happened. Hope I’m wrong but that convoluted statement yesterday made me wonder if they just won’t admit something.

  • george

    I think the frustration is more toward the FO than the player. It seems like someone dropped the ball for signing him to a 20 million dollar contract when his ankle obviously wasn’t healed. There has been no word of complications such as infections, further treatments, etc. Therefore, his ankle was bad when they signed him. I’m sure Green would love to get on the field.

  • LucasY59

    I will start to be worried if he isn’t practicing next week, this week is not a good one for him to play in anyway (he wont have Ben and even if he did play he would be very limited from not practicing for 10 months) I would like to see him get the practice time to get ready for the ravens game after the bye, but that can wait a week

    some other factors that could be influencing the decision to keep him out???
    1. lack of room on the roster since there are a lot of injured players (the current TEs are doing well enough to not need to rush him back also) they might keep all 4 TEs and would need to drop someone else off the roster to make room for him (they have 21 days after he starts practicing to add him, but if they want to have him play before that time the roster transaction has to happen, so again need the roster spot for someone else filling in for an injured player)

    2. needing to focus on other players who will need to contribute this week, having replacement guys (especially Landry) that need the extra attention and work to be ready to play on sunday, adding a guy that is basically still brand new to the team is not going to help much, and could limit what they want to work on for this game (so again waiting till the bye week where they will have extra time to work with him could be better)

    3. not enough of a chance he will contribute (like I already mentioned, the TEs are already playing well enough, so him just coming off injury and not having experience with the O means he wouldnt play much) I think later in the season he could be a useful addition to the O (once it has all of its other weapons as well) but for a few of the games after he returns he might not be used much at all

    all 3 of these could easily be combined and all are connected in some way, there is also the chance that he was a horrible FA signing and will never contribute to the team (but there is also a chance that he steps in and has a huge impact on the offense and becomes the athletic vertical threat that they envisioned when they signed him

    *one final theory that isnt as connected as the others is that the Steelers have never had a player that plays the TE position like Green (kinda like the failed attempts at a scatback with Chris Rainey and Dri Archer) the offense doesnt know how to use that kind of player (or that kind of player isnt useful, because of how they use other players at the position…) in theory another homerun threat could be good, but when they already have more talented playmakers there arent enough touches to go around and guys that block and fill other roles might actually be more useful

  • Joseph Shaw

    What the heck is going on here? Seriously?

  • Craig M

    Anybody remember the movie “They Shoot Horses Don’t They?”. 🙂

  • John Noh

    What’s going on is that he should stop dropping hints in his interviews about all being well and he’s on track to come back sooner than later. Cry wolf much, Ladarius?

  • Disqussant

    No news here. Same old crap.

  • Spencer Krick

    The plot thickens. . .

  • JohnnyFootball

    I was laughing when I listened to the podcast earlier and they were talking about Green coming back like it was a given. Haven’t heard one peep on this dude and he is just gonna roll back into practice and play this week? Obviously not.

  • Steelers12

    what a mess

  • e. smith

    Is this guy the Shazier of tight ends? I’d sign for 10% of his salary and I could ride the pine like he does.

  • Big White

    They need to pursue getting Nefarious’s contract voided. This is the sham job to end all sham jobs.

  • Rocksolid20

    Get rid of his ass now ! TE has not been that bad this year .

  • Rocksolid20

    Why 20Mill if he needed surgery ?

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    It doesn’t pass the smell test for sure. His surgery was a long time ago and the ankle is one of the smaller joints. If the team is lying to cover up concussion headaches I will feel greatly offended by that philosophy.

  • RickM

    Agree. I’ll be offended even if it’s the ankle. Too many promising statements have been made by the team and player. I mean Colbert went on the air, I think after our second game, and said something like ‘he could have probably played after Game 3 or 4, but we put him on PUP to give him the extra few weeks’. And we have a team yesterday that says it hasn’t had time to talk with its doctors? What in the world is going on?

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    All of which makes me believe it is concussion related as those symptoms can appear promising only to crop up again.

  • Steve Johnson

    I never would have thought in a million years the Steelers F/O would be considered as suckers. Now, to keep this guy on the roster really makes them look like idiots. What has happened to the Pittsburgh Steelers?

  • Jeff McNeill

    It is a small joint with more pressure than the others because nearly all weight and torque. That said I agree that something smells fishy with all of the talk about Green.

  • Chris Moses

    I am sure Ladarius is really excited to come into such a loving fan base.

  • Chris Moses

    For people who love their team, they sure second guess them a lot. Weird fan base.

  • Craig M

    I think he is more excited about coming into a lot of money. 🙂

  • Steeldog22

    They are keeping him out on purpose. If he practices more than 67.26 percent of practices, the Steelers lose a draft pick, Tomlin is not allowed to use the phrases “above the line” or “the standard” (or words of that’s nature) in his press conferences, and hell is unleashed. The team is just being prudent. Yawn.

  • lyke skywalker

    Since we are going to lose to the Pats anyway, it does not make sense to start him. Maybe we should play the practice squad and Mettenberger.

  • 6 ring circus

    Who? zzzz. Yep, I’ve lost money at the casino, too!

  • mokhkw

    Green said that he had surgery after the end of last season in March to repair the ankle, but I’m guessing he likely had it done in Jan or Feb. That makes it 9 or 10 months post surgery & still not practicing fully.

    If the injury had been a break, or a dislocation or full tearing of the ligaments off the bone – all of which would have resulted in him being stretchered off the field and obviously the end of his season – I could understand that time frame. But he played through the entire 2015 season missing 3 games at random times with whatever injury he had to the ankle.

    Does anyone know of any ankle injury/ailment that I didn’t mention above that would involve a 9+ month recovery time?

    I just don’t get this time frame for what I understand to be a “clean-up” surgery. They initially expected him to be ready for camp in July.

    I can’t buy that it’s concussion related & the Steelers are covering it up. Wouldn’t they stand to get into a serious amount of trouble if they did that?

  • Bill

    Please, people who write on the Steelers Depot page: We don’t want to hear about Green until he is practicing in pads at full speed; please!
    And those of you who think James is a poor blocker, wait ’till you get a load of this guy.

  • AndyR34

    See you next year, LG.

  • Don

    I suggest they discontinue reporting on when he might come back. Don’t try to predict it, just let us know AFTER it happens.

  • Steeler-Drew

    I’m still pissed they signed him in the first place. I realize losing Bryant and Heath are big voids but this mess of a defense has zero pass rush from the OLBs and could use a quality veteran CB in the secondary. But they give 20 million to a one dimensional TE who came with some serious question marks.

  • LabRat0116

    Who’s fault is that ?

  • LabRat0116

    TIME. The article states that the Steelers have 21 days to decide to take him off PUP and place him on the 53 man roster.

  • LabRat0116

    Not a year after the fact. That;s not how concussions work.

  • Thelastword

    Duce? Is that you?

  • Steel B

    Wow…what a rip-off this guy has been. Nice signing KC.

  • Kevin artis

    Medical staff. Or whoever investigates players thoroughly before we sign them. The problem is this kind of happened with Brandon Boykin last year. When it was alleged that he had a leg that was longer than the other or something to that affect.

  • Robert Builder

    I hear that our Steeler’s signed a F/A pass catching tight end named Ladarius Green from San Diego during the off-season… what’s that you say- you’ll believe it when you see it?!

  • walter

    Think about Cortez Allen. We had money invested so we allowed him to hang around, hoping it would eventually payoff. The Steelers are keeping Green for the same reason. If he gets cut, it will be in training camp next year or the year after.

  • JohnnyFootball

    “No timetable for his return” according to the Trib. Shocking.

  • walter

    Yea he seems very excited about helping the team win a super bowl

  • walter

    Who are you a relative?