Things are going great for the Pittsburgh Steelers after two weeks of football. They are 2-0, and one of the question marks heading into the season, the lack of depth at the tight end position, seems to faded after the unit produced two touchdowns in the Week 2 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
This production has prompted many fans to suggest the team should just have newly acquired Ladarius Green sit out of the remainder of the 2016 season, rather than trying to return off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list after the mandatory 6-week hibernation period.
Although this might sound logical to some, looking at Green's capabilities, you would be foolish not to want him on the field as soon as possible. As great a game as Xavier Grimble played last week, he is a far cry from what Green can bring to an already dynamic offense.
The question remains, when, or if, will he return to the practice field and begin preparations for this season?
"It's going well," Green told Mark Kaboly of DKPittsburghSports.com of his rehab process. "Yeah, I hope (to return for Week 7). That's what I am aiming for to be able to get back."
The Week 7 game, against the New England Patriots, would be the first time the coveted tight end would be permitted to see the field, if he were healthy enough to do so. Sitting out preseason workouts, training camp, the preseason and now the regular season can be frustrating for everyone involved. The only way Green will get rid of those frustrations is to be on the field.
"I am never going to get past the frustrations until I am back on the field," Green said. "I am still frustrated with it but everything is going well."
It is good to hear some positive news in regards to his rehabilitation, which has been a hot button topic since reports swirled of head injuries, not the surgically repaired ankle, keeping him off the field. Nonetheless, Green and the Steelers have adamantly denied those rumors. So, if it isn't the headaches, and just the ankle, is he experiencing some of the same issues Maurkice Pouncey did in 2015?
If you recall, Pouncey's broken ankle had to be surgically repaired, but after a series of infections had to have 7 procedures done before being able to completely heal properly. Although the timetable might be similar, Green suggests he only had one surgery this offseason.
It seems the Steelers, and the fans, will hold out hope for Green to return to the lineup at some point this year, and if he can provide a new wrinkle to an already lethal offense, count me as someone who would suggest it could be well worth the wait.