Steelers Injury Report: TE Ladarius Green Still In Concussion Protocol


The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday in the Divisional Round of the playoffs and head coach Mike Tomlin updated the health of his team during his Tuesday press conference.

Tomlin said Tuesday that tight end Ladarius Green (concussion) is still in protocol and that the team will continue to respect that process. Also currently in protocol is running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion) as he reported symptoms after the game against the Miami Dolphins.

“We’re going to adhere to the protocol to the letter,” Tomlin said of Green. “We’re going to do what’s appropriate. If he’s cleared, then he’ll participate provided he gets an opportunity in some form or fashion to prepare. If he doesn’t, he wont.”

As of right now the availability Sunday of safety Robert Golden (ankle), defensive end Ricardo Mathews (ankle), linebacker Anthony Chickillo (ankle) and linebacker Vince Williams (shoulder) has yet to be determined, according to Tomlin.

“Some preexisting injuries that we’ll continue to monitor and you guys know the normal procedure,” Tomlin said of the aforementioned players. “We’ll evaluate the amount that they are able to participate this week and the quality of that participation to determine whether or not they’re able to help us this week.”


As for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (foot), Tomlin said Tuesday that he aggravated an old foot injury on Sunday but doesn’t anticipate it being an issue that will prevent him from playing Sunday on the road against the Chiefs

“We’ll watch him closely as we push forward to the game but not anticipating that limiting him,” Tomlin said of Roethlisberger.

Tomlin also indicated Tuesday that running back Le’Veon Bell (coaches decision) might not practice on Wednesday.

“Le’Veon’s got some bumps and bruises associated with play. He touched it a few times so I may give him a day on Wednesday,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin also indicated Tuesday that safety Sean Davis (shoulder) will be monitored throughout the week after having to leave Sunday’s game against the Dolphins a few times.

  • Big White

    Tough to lose his downfield ability, but I think Jesse James is more of a necessity at this point. He makes the catch of the year for the team last week and executes the only double-block i may have ever seen to spring AB for the score. He’s the guy the rest of the way in my opinion.

  • foremania

    James has been solid, but Green has the ability to make spectacular plays. He can be one of the biggest difference makers in a game, especially against teams we’ve already played who’ve yet to see him on the field (KC, NE). I hope he makes it back.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Hoping Green gets cleared this week. He’ll be needed to open up the middle of the field this week. Also would be nice to get some deep threat ability of Coates or DHB.

  • Daniel

    Let him rest we need him vs NE..if he plays vs kc and we beat kc…NE will have more film on him

  • nitrous12

    It will be interesting to see if someone can dig up the right foot injury this may have been. I recall a Monday night game out in SF a few years ago (5 now I guess) where the power went out for a bit. He had some special cast on his foot and a shoe size like 10 sizes bigger than normal to fit over it. Can’t recall how long that injury required all that, but I know in that game he was not good. And Alex Smith looked like Joe Montana, but thats more on the D that game so I digress.
    It’s well documented how tough Ben is to play through injuries, but also how it almost always negatively impacts his play. I feel like they are down playing it because he is looking fairly certain to play. Either way it really does suck knowing he is not 100% and it could and should have been avoided.

  • Petherson Silveira

    Camonnnnn!!!

  • Daniel

    Feed bell we win

  • Jonathan Williams

    I’m not trying to be insensitive, but I believe this kids has a history of concussions. It was never a unknown knee problem that sideline him early in the football season, but I believe reoccurring concussion symptoms. Green is a talented tight end, whos career more than likely was over when he played for San Diego. The Steelers are trying to cover up for this kid.

  • steelburg

    He doesn’t have a concussion issue give the guy a chance it’s not his fault he got hurt. That’s what I heard all last week if the guy doesn’t play this week I’m done with him and I hope the team is also. He missed the Ravens, Browns, Dolphins and this would be the 4th missed game. No I’m not a doctor but it’s becoming more and more clear to me that there were some truth to the preseason reports. This guy has a concussion issue people can well admit it now.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    ST studs missing greatly concerns me against the Chiefs. Let’s all pray some of these guys can be ready for Sunday.

  • Big White

    Agree, but if the Steelers won’t throw Rosie the ball Ben has to have a reliable safety valve. I think James could be that guy. KC brutal pass rush and NE and Belicheat are waiting after they mow down the Texans. I’d love to get Green back for the Super Bowl god willing, and runs some more 2 TE sets!!

  • Disqussant

    What a surprise!

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Does anybody here think we will be drafting a TE in the first 3 rounds this year?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Here’s praying for him getting back at it.

  • Daniel

    3rd rd maybe..any good ones?

  • steelburg

    Lol really. We should wait and save him for the super bowl he should be ready by then. We can really unleash him in the super bowl no one will know what hit them.

  • PaeperCup

    I think we need a second opinion. Can we get the Dolphins trainers here?

  • NW86

    Good point. The Chiefs may have the best return unit in the league right now. We finally got DHB back, now we need Golden, Chick, and Vince next week.

  • John Noh

    I guess OJ Howard will be gone in the first round? How about that Liggett guy?

  • steelburg

    I agree 100 percent. This guy is a dynamic player when he is on the field and it made no sense for the Chargers to not try and sign him back and then draft a TE in the 2nd round. He was damaged goods and they knew it and we feel for the it was my sinus trick.

  • John Noh

    Fire Danny Smith! Just getting it out of the system before kickoff.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Maybe Gilbert will not only get a chance to play on defense but he can be the “Off” Returner. Toussaint i’ll give him credit for doing what he’s asked to do but he’s a not a KR or an “Off” Returner.

  • foremania

    You don’t need two TEs on the field together if one of them is taller and faster than whoever’s assigned to cover him!

  • Petherson Silveira

    hahahaha

  • The Chin

    Cole Hikutini from Louisville

  • foremania

    I like this for both reasons. And not for nothing, Gilbert did an admirable job against Kelce in the first meeting.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’d really like to know what happened after that. Gilbert hasn’t sniffed the field on defense after the Chiefs game.

  • Steelers072684

    Jake Butt will probably fall due to his injury.

  • Nolrog

    It’s time to start planning for a new TE. Green has the ability we need but his concussions and slow recovery from them are a concern. He should seriously consider retiring.

  • PaeperCup

    Yes please.

  • pittfan

    +1.

  • WreckIess

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but one of the last phases of concussion protocol is seeing how a player responds practices and seeing as they haven’t practiced this week he would have to stay in concussion protocol until they do.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    How is this news? Of course he’ll still be in protocol. They haven’t had a full practice since Friday. You need to have full practices without lingering symptoms to be cleared.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    How about you let him make his own decisions?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    And you have absolutely zero evidence to prove that

  • Stop!

    Yeah, it still a little upsetting that he is still in concussion protocol and I’m am surprised he is still in it this long.

    He had two concussions last year and he ended the year with ankle injury that put him on IR. He did not end last year on the concussion protocol. He did not start this year on it.

    He was rehabbing from a ankle servery that our medical staff did not preform. Maybe SD’s training staff had him rehabbing in a way that our’s wouldn’t have.

    Aditi Kinkhabwala was the first person to report that Green’s agent said he was not practicing because of concussions. She was the ONLY writer to report this. Why are so many people willing to take that bait? It made sense earlier in the year, but no body else, not even Schefter, or Rapaport reported this. If it would have been true, you would think all the different outlets would have confirmed it. In fact out own coaches and training staff have yet to confirm it. True, Tomlin is not that forthcoming with guys on PUP or IR, but there were other context clues given. If he was in the Protocol he would not have been able to talk to the media, but he did. at least once a week during camp, ore season and the regular season.

    His career is not over. Luke Keuchly missed 5 games in each of the last 2 years due to concussions.

    Saying that his career is over is premature to say the least. He was a difference maker when healthy. And because of that I will give him another year or two before I cast him aside for any reason other that poor play.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    The most important info is Fitz may be out… which means there will be no “Ike Redman/Frank Pollard blocking back” returning kicks. I do hope is okay though.

  • Give me edge rushers in the first 3 rounds please.

  • I bet you think Keuchly should consider retiring too.

  • PaeperCup

    haha, 3 of them? I did here it’s a deep class for edge rushers.

  • falconsaftey43

    Think it was Oakland last year that he hurt it.

  • PaeperCup

    He probably should, that guy was messed up. I am not a strong proponent of the concussion wave, but there comes a point with certain players that enough is enough. You’ll start to see the signs. Green with his history, and the inability to return to the field quicker is one of those signs. Another sign, to me at least, is Keuchly’s absolute mental breakdown on the field. If I was a family member of his, spouse, parent, and saw that, I would encourage him to consider hanging up the cleats.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Or you know, it’s his decision to make and none of our opinions matter.

  • PaeperCup

    Well of course. But like I said, If I were someone close to him, and witnessed that first hand, I would encourage him to consider retirement.

  • falconsaftey43

    Correct. Evidently his response last thursday was not good.

  • Ni mo

    Gilbert

  • Ni mo

    You should retire from commenting

  • Yes, all 3 of them. Increases the odd of a hit.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Idk. If I was him, retiring would look bad because it basically means I swindled an organization out of much needed money that they could use to sign other players. It would just upset the fan base even more because it looks like he took the money and ran. I’m sure that would go over well. If I was him, I’d want to get back on that horse and earn that money, shut all the haters up. And if he wanted to retire at the end of his contract, I wouldn’t blame him. But the timing is not now. If he wanted to retire, he should’ve done so before committing for 4 years to the Steelers.

  • Rocksolid20

    Yes to quote Tomlin , we can unleash HELL

  • Ni mo

    Coates can’t catch he’s limas sweed all over again

  • WreckIess

    Yeah he said that last week, but that should make the fact that he’s still in concussion protocol a non story and not all that surprising because he hasn’t had an opportunity to exit concussion protocol this week.

  • Ni mo

    James can’t get open like green he scares no one

  • Rocksolid20

    Nope , the Outlaw will be ok with the other offensive weapons we have .

  • Big White

    Green can’t play games like James. He scares no one in street clothes.

  • PaeperCup

    ok. But what about other needs, like Dline.

  • PaeperCup

    Oh you are talking about Green. Yeah, I don’t think he should retire, and your point is valid. But I do think the team needs to consider his injury history and perhaps look at options that they can work in within the next couple years. Even drafting a TE this year, letting him groom with Green, can’t hurt. Unless we absolutely need that pick for something else.

  • steelburg

    So will you cast him off for no play instead of poor play? Because that’s what your getting right now. The guy has barley suited up for games this year. He is going to turn out like Cameron Jordan the former Browns TE mark my words. He is a great talent when he plays but so far that hasn’t been often. If it’s not concussions then I think it may be some Percy Harvin migraine headaches type of thing either way he won’t play much just look at what Harvin is going through. Either way we will find out in the off season I’m certain of that. I hoping he can get it together for these last 3 games and help us win the trophy. But I don’t see him being here next year.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I understand what you mean, but I guess I’m just very reluctant to use a top 3 round pick on a TE at this point given the fact we have 4 solid ones under contract. Also, I think OLB, ILB, and RB are much bigger needs at this point. Maybe take a flyer on one in round 4 or later, like Jesse James in round 5 a few years back.

  • Mrs Bighead

    Put Ladarius in a comfy bed with the lights off, shades shut, with his favorite Gatorade and put Netflix on for him until later in the week

  • PaeperCup

    I agree, we do have other needs. But what if someone fell. Jake Butt was considered one of the nations top TEs if not THE top. Before he tore his ACL in the orange Bowl. What if he fell to the 3rd or even fourth, Green can be our guy next year, Butt can be the guy following in his footsteps. Or at least be there so if something does happen to Green, we don’t have to use a top pick in 2018. All hypothetical scenarios. The draft never turns out the way I expect.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    AFC Divisional Round Injury List. Yoi!

    Ben Roethlisberger QB (Foot) Not anticipated to be limited
    Fitzgerald Toussaint RB (Head) Concussion protocol
    Ladarius Green TE (Head) Still in protocol
    Ricardo Mathews DL (Ankle) Availability to be determined
    Anthony Chickillo LB (ankle) Availability to be determined
    Vince Williams LB (Shoulder) Availability to be determined
    Robert Golden DB (ankle) Availability to be determined
    Sean Davis DB (Shoulder) being monitored

  • T R

    People should be thankful we have the option of wondering if TE Green will be in game from week to week.. the TE position takes some big hits.. A lot of great TEs in the league are on IR or have been banged up for weeks and not in the game like Gronk and Tyler Eifert. So least we can hope and teams have to game play for him.

  • Big White

    The James catch with four Dolphins trying to strip it and the DOUBLE- BLOCK OF THE CENTURY might be the best two plays by a Steelers this year. It’s his time.

  • Junior708

    I admit I am no doctor, but if a guy is still having head issues several weeks after a concussion, it might be time to start thinking about maybe moving on to your life’s work.

  • Junior708

    I mean, yeah, he can get cleared to play again, but is he going to have dementia at 50?

  • mokhkw

    It’s 3 concussions from last year, 2 in-season and 1 in preseason.

    2014 he was also in concussion protocol after Browner cleaned his clock.

    This latest one is his 5th in less than 3 seasons.

    His career may not be over yet but it’s probably one more concussion away.

    I’m not expecting to see him this week.

  • Just depth issues.

    Depth along the D line has been ok, Mathews comes back next year along with all world Heyward. Maxey and Walton have shown enough to say the depth is ok there.

    DBs are good.

    if Timmons isn’t retained, they may add a body there.

    O line has plenty of depth with Finney, Harris, Hubard and the LSU guy we drafted.

    RB probably needs a guy.

    If Landry Jones isn’t retained, they will need a guy there.

    WRs are pretty good and even better is Bryant is reinstated.

    TEs are good, too.

    Nest year, there is only a single starting job up for grabs and the is ROLB.

    Draft some edge rushers and then some luxury picks and depth picks.

  • Lambert58

    But he can be that reliable possession guy that we are missing.

  • SMH, but not too hard. I don’t want to get concussed.

  • Justin B

    Sammie Sweed!

  • nutty32

    He’s probably getting nauseous or dizzy after exerting himself. I’ve had 5 concussions. After that 1st one which was a huge blindside head shot I took on a kickoff, the other 4 happen on fairly normal impacts. Hope he comes back, makes a last second TD grab to win the Super Bowl, takes a hit and dies – joining Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Bruce Lee as immortal legend/jk lol.

  • SeventhHeavan

    Green will not play in KC…who are we kidding people??

  • nutty32

    wow! holy twisted logic.

  • Ni mo

    Sure

  • Ni mo

    James scares no one period

  • Bill

    Some of you people seem to think Green the second coming of Randy Moss; if he was all that deadly as receiver the Steelers’ wouldn’t have been able to get him! One of the reasons for what success he’s had might be that there was no film on him as a Steeler because he’s always in the MASH unit. Like the Marines say: “Concentrate on what you have instead of what you don’t have”. Teach the players you have how to do what you want them to do!

  • dany

    and get it peer reviewed by the bengals’

  • PaeperCup

    lol, yup

  • Big White

    Two blocks at once to spring AB for 6

  • Steel B

    Damaged goods.

  • Ni mo

    A block he can’t catch dumbass

  • Reggie Cunningham

    I’m worried about this guy. The hit on Moore looks harder than the hit on Green.I really think this might be it for him. I don’t know guys

  • Reggie Cunningham

    why not give Nix some type of Te looks. He can catch pretty good

  • double yoi!

  • Ni mo

    Let me know when James gets 100 yards receiving In a game

  • EdJHJr

    Again just throwing out an opinion based on what I’ve watched. Green is not only done for the season but done in the NFL. So the next big answer (question) is Coates.

    Again in my opinion he us another odity that is not being asked about. To me , the guy can play. For some reason they won’t throw to him.

    Now tell yourself, why would you not throw to him.

    Without explaining it all there are awkward parallels between Coats and Green that both intersect out of the league.

    So yes James is really needed and I think his dial is pointing up. Same with X man.

  • SilverSteel

    Man, if Butt fell to the 3rd or 4th – that would be a no brainer and we would grab him for sure, But then again, I thought the same thing about Dak Prescott and we passed on him.

  • SilverSteel

    Would it not be the perfect start to the new year if somehow the Texans win the Pats game and it all goes through Pitt?

  • SilverSteel

    BS – both of them have shown to be able to find the soft spot in the zones. What games are u watching? If James does not make his clutch catches vs the Ravens. We probably are not in the playoffs.

  • SilverSteel

    You are a troll – go away!

  • Big White

    Yeah, and they found a cure for poverty today too.

  • Jimbo

    Sure makes me miss Heath.