With Ladarius Green potentially making his 2016 regular season debut in Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday, it makes sense to look back at the long and winding road for the prized free agent signing by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Upon acquiring Green via free agency, Pittsburgh knew about his ankle injury which would delay his participation until training camp. However, when the injury lingered throughout the team’s visit at Saint Vincent College, and the preseason, the team had no choice but to place him on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
This is where things got interesting.
During his time off the practice field, reports started to surface of Green suffering headaches relating to two concussions suffered in 2015 when he played for the San Diego Chargers.
Mike Tomlin, and Green, shrugged off any potential concerns related to headaches, and that seemed to be the end of the reports.
However, Mark Kaboly of DKPittsburghSports.com recently reported Tomlin made it a point to seek out the latest addition to the roster and find out just what was going on.
“He came and talked to me as soon as he saw it and heard about it, so I was happy about that,” Green said. “Coach Tomlin knew what was going on, so that is all that mattered to me.”
In other words, it was news to Tomlin, just like it was seemingly news to Green when he heard these “reports” circulate around the world wide web. Nonetheless, Green didn’t let it get him down, just used it as motivation.
“I viewed it as another mountain I had to climb, another something I needed to get over,” Green said. “It was just people talking, and I knew I couldn’t do anything about it. I can’t really go out there and argue with somebody who writes something or just says something in the media. … Really, it didn’t bother me because I knew the reason was my ankle and nothing else.”
The Steelers haven’t activated Green off the PUP list yet, despite his participation in practice prior to the team’s Week 8 bye week. The team has 21 days to either activate him, release him or put him on the injured reserve list. The latter two are highly unlikely to happen barring a setback to his ankle injury.
In other words, the time will soon be here when Green can answer questions about football, and not his ankle injury or erroneous reports about headaches.