After missing the first half the Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 training camp, it appears as though new tight end Ladarius Green is well on his way to missing the rest of it.
According to Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times, Green, who signed a four-year, $20 million free agent contract early on in the offseason, said Saturday that there is currently no timetable on his return and that he’s currently “taking it day by day.”
Green, who spent his first four years in the league with the San Diego Chargers, underwent offseason ankle surgery that reportedly included a plate being inserted and a ligament being repaired. As a result of that, he missed the team’s entire offseason program and was forced to start learning the offense on the side. Upon arriving to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe for the start of training camp, Green was placed on the team’s Active PUP list and has since been relegated to working on the side some with the medical staff.
It will be interesting to see whether or not Green makes any progress in his recovery by Tuesday, which will be the team’s first practice after having Monday off. Hopefully he can get himself healthy enough to play in the team’s third preseason game which will likely be the final one that starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sees action in.
With Green still currently sidelined, the Steelers will move forward with Jesse James, David Johnson and Xavier Grimble as their primary tight ends during training camp.