According to a few media reports Monday, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green was able to get some work in on the side during the team’s training camp practice under the watchful eye of a team physician. Even so, the Steelers new tight end remains on the Active PUP list and thus not expected to play Thursday night in the team’s home preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Last week, it was reported that Green’s surgically repaired ankle is now healthy enough for him to practice and that recurring headaches is the reason the team hasn’t cleared him from removal from the PUP list. After the Steelers Friday night preseason game against the Detroit Lions, head coach Mike Tomlin refused to comment or elaborate on the Green headache reports. He would only say that the player is currently on the team’s PUP list.
Being as it was also reported last week that Green is currently in concussion protocol, Tomlin was asked at the conclusion of Monday’s practice if he currently has any players that fit that criteria.
“No,” Tomlin said.
At this point it’s hard to speculate as to when and if Green will ultimately be removed from the PUP list before the start of the regular season. He’ll definitely miss the team’s second preseason game Thursday night so that will only leave two more for him to have a shot to play in prior to the start of the 2016 season.
Green reportedly had his ankle operated on in January. The former San Diego Chargers tight end allegedly suffered three concussions in a 10-month span from late in the 2014 season to early last season. Green, however, claimed that the concussions he suffered last year were misdiagnosed and that the headaches he was having at the time were related to problems with his sinuses.