Tomlin Still Doesn’t Know If Green Will Start Practicing This Week


Now that the first six weeks of the regular season are over, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green is now eligible to start practicing with the team. Even so, head coach Mike Tomlin still hasn’t made a decision as to whether or not he’ll begin doing so this week.

“I haven’t met with our medical staff yet and made that determination whether he’ll be available to us this week,” Tomlin said during his Tuesday press conference. “I know he’s eligible for consideration at this point.”

Tomlin was later asked if he knows whether or not Green is at least fit enough to practice at this point.

“I hadn’t looked at those considerations, yet,” said Tomlin. “I’ve been talking about more pressing issues in terms of guys who are dealing with more current issues in terms of a health standpoint. I’m sure I’m going to have that meeting at some point this afternoon and look at his status and make a determination what we’re going to do with him from a practice standpoint.

“The position that he’s in, he’s now eligible to start the practice process and then we’re given a window to determine whether or not we utilize him, so those are the elements of the equation and elements of the discussion that I’ll have at some point this afternoon.”


Since being signed to a four-year, $20 million free agent contract this past March, Green has been sidelined while rehabbing his surgically repaired ankle. Additionally, there were several reports over the last few months that indicated he was also dealing with recurring headaches possible stemming from previous concussions he had incurred while with the San Diego Chargers.

“I had a problem jumping and getting spring in the ankle,” Green said Monday during his talk with the media. “It’s come a long way.”

Personally, I will be surprised if Green winds up playing Sunday against the New England Patriots and that’s even if he starts practicing this week. Once he does begin practicing, the Steelers will then have 21 days to decide whether or not to activate him to their 53-man roster or leave him on the Reserve/PUP list for the remainder of the season.

One would think that Green might need time to get himself back into football shape once he resumes practicing in addition to showing he has a solid grasp of the team’s playbook. With the bye week now right around the corner, perhaps Green can return for the Steelers Week 9 game against the Baltimore Ravens if not ready for this Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

We’ll likely know Wednesday whether or not he’s been given the go-ahead to start practicing.

  • Kevin artis

    Every time I see Green’s face I feel we got hosed. That’s the second time in as many years we got a player with a injury that we did not know about.

  • RickM

    They paid $20 Million for him and they haven’t bothered to have the doctors evaluate him to see if he’s ready? I’m getting dizzy from all the spin, and the “elements of the equation” that have to be worked out. A simple “no” likely would have sufficed.

  • Doug

    We still have him for 3.5 more seasons. Relax.

  • steelersfan

    The product we are putting out on the field isn’t really that surprising considering the fact that we build primarily through the draft and are seeing growing pains with guys like burns , Davis, and Hargrave. We refuse to get established free agents but when we do (with the exception of dwill) we are left with guys like green and Harris. Add to that our first round draft picks are consistently hurt….oh yeah and our number 2 wideout can’t stay on the field. It’s all coming back to haunt us

  • Jay Clam 2021

    It’s so annoying to me that the headline on ESPN is Big Ben being injured, but when he throws 9 TDs in 2 games, no one gives a crap. So ridiculous.

  • Rusted Out

    Love that meaningless word salad. Really? An equation Mike? Maybe pre-algebra.

  • Rusted Out

    So… $20 Million × no impact × no idea = we’ll check later

    Bazaar

  • LucasY59

    it just typical Tomlin to the media BS, he wont reveal anything he doesnt have to (nor can he make it as simple as it could be, complicate it just because he can)

    The Head Coach shouldve had a meeting yesterday (and Saturday, plus MANY more updates over the last few months) regarding Green, and yes another meeting should be done today, but he has enough info that claiming to not know the status is just blowing smoke

  • steelersfan

    If this guy doesn’t contribute once he gets on the field I don’t see the point of keeping him beyond this year. It’s like a black cloud hanging over the locker room

  • LucasY59

    The decision to start practice is important (they have 21 days to add him to the roster, so if there is any chance he wont be ready at the end of that time, it would be a bad idea to have him start practicing this week)

    I like the idea of him getting some time in practice to learn the O, but at the same time now that there are so many other injuries it doesnt seem worth it to rush him back before the bye

  • RickM

    When I was in early grade school, I had good marks but my English teacher told me my vocabulary wasn’t the best. I was shocked, but started adding big words to all my sentences. It lasted for a while until my dad told me I was over-compensating and to stop it lol. He was right.

    Mike reminds me of me. He tries way too hard, when answering questions, to show that he has a good vocabulary. There’s nothing wrong with being well-spoken. But he make “word salads” as you say, when simple answers would be fine. I respect it’s his way, but the answers become quite convoluted.

  • William Weaver

    He already knows the plan for the week but he didn’t want to discuss it. That is how I took it.

  • RickM

    It’s Tuesday and practices begin tomorrow. There is no need to be evasive if he already knows the answer. There’s no strategical edge. I had hoped that this multi-month string of non-answers from management was over. But clearly it isn’t.

  • William Weaver

    He isn’t going to change

  • RickM

    Well maybe he should.

  • William Weaver

    It is frustrating but I guess it is a need to know basis thing for us. Keeps us on the edge of our seats and continuously clicking back to check for updates. Lol they play us like a fiddle

  • StillersInThe6

    this is what’s more frustrating to me. it’s one thing to have f*cked up in life – and by all accounts the Steelers FO f*cked up in their due dilligence process with this signing – but it’s another thing to just spin everything in a different direction and insult our intelligence. if you want to say something like “we will address Green and his readiness to practice/play when the time is appropriate but have nothing to say on the topic right now” or some variant, cool. But to act like you have no idea what’s going on with your top FA signing and play dumb, it’s just a joke how this has been handled by Tomlin and co. from Day 1.

  • StillersInThe6

    This is 2016, not 2008. Ben has gotten a ton of recognition over the years as one of the elite QBs in the NFL. His talent and value hasn’t really been underplayed or ignored for some time.

  • RickM

    Agree. I respect the right of management to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on any issue. But today’s response, after such a long, long wait, is almost like you don’t deserve to know. It’s just awfully tough to believe MT doesn’t know the answer.

  • Jimbo

    What a joke..At this point signing this clown has been another major gaff. hes laughing all the way to the bank. He knew he had concusions and headaches before he stole the steelers money.

  • rystorm06

    he won’t play this year

  • Jay Clam 2021

    Well they sure like to cover Tom Brady for his triumphs as well as his faults. Just annoying to me and is my opinion. I know Ben’s a HOF QB and I know the sports world recognizes that, too.

  • Rusted Out

    He doesn’t use them properly. What good are big words when used out of context? I’m sure if fools the masses.

  • steelersfan

    Maybe have that conversation with medical before your regularly scheduled press conference- it’s called being prepared. Maybe he’s just saying that while actually knowing the answer but it just makes him look bad

  • steelersfan

    Yeah he’s always got that sheepish pathetic smile on his face too which makes it even worse…ugh I’m just frustrated haha

  • RickM

    Well he took 112 words to say ‘we’re still unsure and will be consulting with our doctors” (10 words). Maybe he’s paid by the word when he answers questions.

  • Steve Johnson

    Relax? 3.5 more seasons of headaches and eating up a roster spot? He’s done nothing! Get rid of him.

  • Steve Johnson

    Agreed

  • Rusted Out

    That might be the best thing to do financially also. I don’t know the particulars of what getting rid of him may be, but I guess we follow thus bazaar story line at least one more game.

  • walter

    he may not play all year

  • walter

    they dont want to jinx it!!

  • Rotten Sircus

    I originally thought that signing Green was a checkmate move but My Man Jesse James from my alma-mater Penn St is looking good to Me !!!

  • gdeuce

    If James plays like he did against the dolphins, then Jones will get killed

  • gdeuce

    Ben won fed ex air player of the week over brady 2 weeks ago

  • Doug

    I didn’t know that you could see into the future and see that he’s going to be hurt all 4 years.

  • Doug

    Who cares what ESPN covers? If you can’t see that Ben is universally regarded as one of the best QB’s in the league, then you haven’t been paying attention.

  • Doug

    You’re saying that you wouldn’t do the same thing if someone offered you $20 million?

  • Rocksolid20

    Who cares about ESPN , it’s very biased

  • Steve Johnson

    Know, I can’t look into the future, I never said he wouldn’t play. But to pay a player $20M knowing that he was hurt, yea, that was real smart by the F/O.