Ladarius Green will return to practice next week, according to a report by the PPG’s Ed Bouchette.
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 12, 2016
This comes from Green directly, who told Bouchette he’s “definitely excited” to get back on the football field. It will be the first time he’s practiced with the team since being signed in the offseason.
Few players have had such a murky and controversial journey without ever appearing in a game. Green underwent ankle surgery in January and likely played a role in the decision to place him on PUP before camp. But there were numerous reports that Green suffered headaches stemming from two concussions in 2015 which contributed in the decision to keep him on PUP for the first six weeks.
Green and the team have either refused comment or mildly denied those reports throughout the process. Green declined comment about concussions when asked by Bouchette today.
Should Green officially return to practice next week, that’s the soonest he is allowed to return, the team will have up to three weeks to officially bring him back onto the 53 man roster. For Green, that would mean immediately after the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Week 9 game against the Baltimore Ravens on November 6th.
It’s some much-needed positive news on the injury front for a team that’s been hit as hard as anyone in the NFL this season.
Green signed a four year, $20 million on March 9th.