Despite some initial optimism for a return, Ladarius Green says he still has no idea when he’ll be cleared to practice.
That’s what he told the Trib’s Chris Adamski yesterday afternoon.
“It’s up to (the medical staff),” Green said to Adamski, who added there is “no timetable” for a return.
Earlier this week, Green seemed to imply he was anxious and ready to get back onto the field and at the beginning of the season, Kevin Colbert seemed hopeful he would return when immediately able. Here’s what Colbert said shortly after he was placed on PUP.
“I think he could probably come back before that six but if it’s three or four, why not give him the extra two weeks to make sure he’s 100% and he takes care of himself and is ready for the long-run.”
So much for that.
Green failed to practice Wednesday and will not play this week. It seems unlikely he’ll even get in a practice this week either, knocking him out for the entire first half of the season.
That will give him the bye week to heal up even further and hopefully, maybe, return for Week 9’s matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. As we outlined yesterday, a contest that could have some serious AFC North implications.
You know the story with Green. There’s only been one chapter written. Injury. Whether it’s his recovery from ankle surgery way back in January or mysterious concussion symptoms, Green – the Ferrari as Ben Roethlisberger referred to him – is still stuck in the garage.
Jesse James has shown improvement. He’s a crisp route runner with a good pair of hands. But he is nowhere near the dynamic player Green is and doesn’t open up the options and flexibility those classic move tight ends bring. That’s why Green was signed. With all the injuries on this offense, mainly wide receiver and quarterback, his loss is being felt even more than it was way back in Week One.
Until then, the closest you’ll see Ladarius Green is the like, four different stock photos we have of him.