The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially activated Ladarius Green from the PUP list, the team announced moments ago.
In a corresponding move, they released linebacker L.J. Fort.
Green will see his first game action for the team since being signed as a free agent from the San Diego Chargers. He had a lengthy recovery from offseason ankle surgery and was rumored to be dealing with reoccurring concussion symptoms from hits he took last year. Those reports were never verified by the team, however.
During his first four years in the league with the San Diego Chargers, Green caught 77 passes for 1,087 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has played just 1352 offensive snaps so far during his career.
Fort made the Steelers 53-man roster this year out of training camp and dressed for 7 of the team’s first 8 games. He did not dress for last Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens as he was a healthy scratch. It will now be interesting to see if Fort makes it to the practice squad next week.
Fort has fallen out of favor and was inactive last week. Steven Johnson has moved ahead of him as a top special teamer. Fort is still eligible for the practice squad though currently, there are no spots available now that Marcus Tucker has been brought back.
It’s unclear exactly how many snaps Green will receive tomorrow against the Dallas Cowboys but it’s obvious he won’t be a full-time player. He will split work with Jesse James, who has been serving as the starter in his absence.