The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to have tight end Ladarius Green back on the field for their Sunday Wild Card game against the Miami Dolphins as he is making strides with the concussion that he suffered in the Week 15 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. While we won’t really know Green’s status for Sunday until later in the week, it’s not looking like another Steelers tight end will be able to play against the Dolphins.
According to Jacob Klinger of pennlive.com, Steelers tight end Xavier Grimble is still dealing with a rib injury that he suffered in the Steelers Week 16 game against the Baltimore Ravens and it might ultimately result in him being inactive against the Dolphins.
“You can’t do [crap],” Grimble said. “You can’t do nothing. You just got to let it heal.”
Grimble reportedly suffered cracked ribs when he was hit by Ravens safety Eric Weddle in the end zone after catching a touchdown pass early in the game at Heinz Field.
While Grimble did dress and play in the Steelers regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns, he only saw the field sparingly on special teams. In fact, he only played 3 special teams snaps in total.
Not having Grimble for the playoff game against the Dolphins won’t likely be a big deal if Green can return to action. In fact, if Green does ultimate make it out of concussion protocol later this week, Grimble was likely to be inactive healthy or not.
During the regular season, Grimble caught 11 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. He played 197 total offensive snaps in 2016.