Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green has finally started practicing with the team but at this point remains on the team’s Reserve/PUP list. On Tuesday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin updated where Green is currently at in his attempt to finally start playing but he didn’t indicate whether or not that will happen this week for the upcoming road game against the Baltimore Ravens.
“Ladarius Green is still on the PUP list but we’ve started that transition period where he’ll have 21 days or so to work before we have to make a decision about what to do with him,” said Tomlin. “We started that last week, he’s worked nicely, we’ve been pleased with his progress, not only in terms of his physical abilities, but he’s had an opportunity to show us some mental abilities, some detail has been displayed in his work from a guy who hadn’t had a lot of physical repetitions.
“So, that’s been exciting. Hopefully that’s an asset to us as we come to a decision about when to activate him. Hopefully his quick study or the detail in his play that he’s displayed in his play will make that decision one that happens quicker and easier. But again, we’ll see on a day-to-day basis standpoint. Particularly as we get ready for this one, where that takes us.”
On the surface, it’s starting to sound like Green won’t be activated off PUP this week and if that winds up being the case, he might not make his 2016 debut until the team’s Week 10 home game against the Dallas Cowboys.
While Green has started practicing, Monday was reportedly his first day donning pads. We’ll have to wait and see what ultimately happens with Green over the course of this week but being as he’s not currently on the team’s 53-man roster, he won’t be listed on the daily injury and practice participation report.