After a long awaited debut, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green is eligible to return from the physically unable to perform list.
Green was placed on the PUP-list in training camp, and remained on the list at the start of the regular—meaning he would be out for the first six weeks of the season. An ankle injury has been the main cause of his absence.
Green was brought in by Pittsburgh in the offseason in hopes of replacing Heath Miller. He signed a four-year deal worth $20 million, but knows his playing time isn’t guaranteed.
“I am still trying to make the team,” Green told reporters Monday. “I am new to it. The tight ends (Jesse James and Xavier Grimble) have been playing well so far. I have to try and find a spot there because they have been doing so great at it. Hopefully I can bring something.”
As to his overall status to begin practicing this week, head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the issue at his press conference.
“I hadn’t looked at those considerations yet,” he said. “I’ve had more pressing issues in terms of guys who are dealing with more current issues from a health standpoint.”
Green has used his time off to gain mental reps by reading the playbook, but acknowledges that reading and executing are not the same.
“I had a good little while to learn the playbook,” he said. “I learned it pretty much and am pretty good at it. Until you go on the field and run it, it’s a totally different animal.”