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Ladarius Green (concussion) is aiming to return in time for the offseason program, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. "I expect to come back," Green said recently.

Impact

Green's debut with the Steelers didn't take place until Week 10 last season due to an elongated recovery from offseason ankle surgery. Boasting three catches for 30 yards after two games, he came to life over the next four outings, recording one 100-yard performance and averaging a whopping 18.3 YPC on his 15 receptions. However, yet another concussion kept him on the sideline for the final five contests, including the entirety of Pittsburgh's three-game postseason push. Considering his recent comments, Green is confident that he'll be a participant in the offseason program, but his progression through the NFL's protocol for head injuries will determine his upcoming workload.

Recent Stats

Week Opp TD Pass Int Rush Rec Yds 2Pt TO Total
Season                   53
15 @ Cin 5 7 12
14 @ Buf 2 2 4
13 vs NYG 6 6 11 23
12 @ Ind 2 6 8
10 vs Dal 3 3 6

Older News

Ladarius Green isn't in the NFL's protocol for head injuries, yet he hasn't received clearance from the concussion suffered in Week 15, Mark Kaboly of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Impact

A lengthy recovery from offseason ankle surgery pushed back Green's debut as a Steeler to Week 10, but he was only active for six games before a concussion reared its head in Week 15, keeping him sidelined during the team's run to the AFC championship game. Beset by concussions in the past, there's no telling when he'll rid himself of symptoms. For Green's sake, general manager Kevin Colbert expects the tight end to be a part of the Steelers' roster next season, per Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter. Having said that, Green's recovery will likely determine Colbert's course of action in upcoming months.

Ladarius Green's (concussion) future with the Steelers is uncertain due to his issues with headaches, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Impact

Green previously said that he's not considering retirement and hopes to return to the Steelers, but after missing the team's final two regular-season games and three postseason tilts due to his latest concussion, his status is not so certain from the team's perspective. Not only does Green have a history of head injuries, which, along with an ankle problem, contributed toward him making just six appearances this season, but the four-year, $20 million contract he signed with Pittsburgh last offseason makes his situation even more important to consider. Overall, the Steelers will have to weigh his availability and talent against his salary cap hit to ultimately decide whether his wish to remain with the team is granted.

Ladarius Green (concussion) is not considering retirement and hopes to return to the Steelers for the 2017 season, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.

Impact

Green signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Steelers last offseason, but went on to make just six appearances during the 2016 campaign due to ankle and concussion problems. While those issues limited the 26-year-old to 18 receptions for 304 yards and one score, his reported concussion history is the reason for most of the concern over his status in Pittsburgh going forward. For his part, Green said he's focused on bouncing back with an improved 2017 season, but it'll be interesting to see if both his body and the Steelers organization afford him that opportunity next term.

Ladarius Green (concussion/illness) is inactive for Sunday's AFC championship game at New England.

Impact

With Green, who suffered his latest concussion back on Dec. 18, still sidelined, Jesse James is once again in line to continue to head the Steelers' tight end corps Sunday.

Ladarius Green (concussion/illness) isn't expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship game at New England, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Impact

Green's medical chart is fraught with concussions, the most recent of which has kept him out of commission since Dec. 18. In addition to his residence in the NFL's protocol for head injuries, he caught the illness that infiltrated the Steelers' locker room this week. If he remains sidelined Sunday, Jesse James will act as the No. 1 tight end yet again.

Ladarius Green (concussion/illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots after practicing in a limited fashion Friday.

Impact

Per Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the tight end – who suffered his latest concussion back on Dec. 18 – "downplayed his level of participation" in Friday's practice. Green's status thus remains cloudy at best, and if he's unable to suit up this weekend, Jesse James would once again be in line to continue heading the Steelers' tight end corps.

Ladarius Green (concussion/illness) missed practice Thursday.

Impact

Green - who has been in the NFL's concussion protocol – was a limited practice participant Wednesday, but his absence from Thursday's session is apparently related to the tight end dealing with an illness rather than indicative of a concussion setback. We'll revisit Green's status Friday, but at this stage his status for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots remains decidedly cloudy.

Ladarius Green (concussion) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Impact

After not practicing at all last week and then missing the Steelers' playoff win over the Chiefs, this is a step in the right direction for Green. It remains to be seen what level of medical clearance the tight end has gained at this stage, but his presence at practice Wednesday, in any capacity, offers hope that he could potentially return to action for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Patriots.

Ladarius Green is still in the NFL's concussion protocol, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Impact

Green has been out since mid-December with a concussion, making his status for Sunday's AFC championship game in New England very cloudy. If Green is unable to pass the league's concussion protocol before then, Jesse James should yet again see a majority of the Steelers' tight end targets, as he recorded five catches for 83 yards against the Chiefs in the divisional round.

Ladarius Green (concussion) is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Chiefs.

Impact

With Green not yet cleared from his concussion, Jesse James is in line to continue to head the Steelers' tight end corps Sunday.

Ladarius Green (concussion) is doubtful for Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Chiefs.

Impact

With Green trending toward inactive status this weekend, look for Jesse James to continue to head the Steelers' tight end corps Sunday.

Ladarius Green (concussion) did not practice Thursday.

Impact

In the wake of back-to-back missed practice sessions, it would be a surprise to see Green suit up Sunday against the Chiefs and he could be ruled out for the contest as soon as Friday. In such a scenario, Jesse James would be in line to continue to start at tight end for the Steelers this weekend.

Ladarius Green (concussion) was held out of practice Wednesday.

Impact

Green sat out the Steelers' past three games and his status for Sunday's game against the Chiefs is up in the air. He was able to practice last week and will likely need to participate in practice Thursday or Friday in order to see the field in the divisional round. Jesse James will be Pittsburgh's top option at tight end if Green is sidelined once again.

Ladarius Green remains in the concussion protocol as of Tuesday, Bob Labriola of the Steelers' official site reports. "We're going to adhere to the protocol, to the letter," head coach Mike Tomlin said. "We're going to do what's appropriate. If he's cleared, then he'll participate, provided he gets an opportunity in some form or fashion to prepare. If he doesn't, he won't."

Impact

In essence, the Steelers will continue to take a wait-and-see approach with Green, who has notably suffered a number of concussions over the last two years. After two absences to end the regular season, he appeared on the verge of ending the streak with back-to-back full practices to begin last week. However, he was unable to practice Friday and was deemed inactive for Sunday's wild-card win versus the Dolphins. As a result, additional unhinged showings this week wouldn't necessarily forecast that he's closing in on a return. As long as he's sidelined, Jesse James will handle No. 1 TE duties for Pittsburgh.

Ladarius Green (concussion) won't be available for Sunday's wild-card game against the Dolphins, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.

Impact

The Steelers had listed the tight end as questionable heading into the weekend, but Green apparently never cleared all steps of the NFL's concussion protocol, despite fully practicing Wednesday and Thursday. With Green out of the picture, Xavier Grimble and Jesse James are expected to see the bulk of the duties at tight end, though neither offers the upside of Green.

After sitting out Friday's practice, Ladarius Green (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC wild-card game against the Dolphins, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

With Green still in the NFL's concussion protocol, the tight end is iffy for Sunday's contest, though the official questionable designation offers a glimmer of hope that the tight end has at least some chance to gain clearance for the team's playoff opener. If Green ends up sidelined, however, Xavier Grimble would be in line to see added pass-catching duties in tandem with Jesse James.

Ladarius Green (concussion) did not practice Friday, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Impact

Per the report, Green remains in the NFL's concussion protocol, with coach Mike Tomlin indicating that the Steelers didn't see what they wanted to from the tight end after he practiced fully Thursday. We'll circle back on Green's status for wild-card weekend once the Steelers' final injury report for Sunday's contest against the Dolphins is released, but it looks like he'll likely miss another game.

Ladarius Green (concussion) practiced in a full capacity once again Thursday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Impact

Green is reportedly in the final stages of being cleared from a concussion that's kept him sidelined since Dec. 18, and while he won't be able to play until he receives that clearance, putting together two straight full practices suggests he's close to a return. For what it's worth, fellow tight end Jesse James said Green is 'ready to go', which further supports that sentiment. While Green's status will need to continue to be monitored in advance of Sunday's 1:05 ET kickoff versus the Dolphins, the Steelers could well have yet another offensive weapon at their disposal as they start the playoffs.

Ladarius Green (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday.

Impact

Green is thus trending in the right direction with regard to suiting up Sunday against the Dolphins, though he must still be fully cleared under the NFL's concussion protocol in order for that to happen. With that in mind, Green – who has not played since Dec. 18 – "is progressing rather well," per coach Mike Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.