- Cole mentions that Green expects to play in 2016 and the Steelers plan to be patient with him, considering how much they need contributions from him at tight end this season.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN take a look at the Steelers’ tight end position in his latest article and what to expect in 2016.
According to Fowler, it would not be surprising if free agent acquisition TE Ladarius Green opens the season on Steelers’ injured reserve list. With this in mind, Fowler mentions that Jesse James is likely to open the season as the team’s No. 1 tight end.
The new injured reserve rule allows the team to bring back any one player on I.R. later in the season, as opposed to designating someone as a short-term candidate.
Previous reports have said that the reason Green hasn’t practiced is because of headaches he’s been experiencing, and not because of his surgically repaired ankle.
However, Steelers HC Mike Tomlin denied this and reiterated that he’s on their active/PUP list because of lingering headaches.
“He’s on PUP because of his ankle,” Tomlin said, via Mark Kaboly. “We stated that. He’s rehabbing nice. He’s gotten better in that area, but he’s not ready to go. I’m not going to respond to reports from unnamed sources.”
Green, 26, is a former fourth-round pick of the Chargers back in 2012. He played out his rookie deal for the Chargers before signing a four-year, $20 million contract that included a $4.75 million signing bonus with the Steelers.
In 2015, Green appeared in 13 games for the Chargers and recorded 37 receptions for 429 yards receiving and four touchdowns.