It might be time for the Steelers to worry about their prized free agent pickup. Tight end Ladarius Green has been sidelined so far this summer and the culprit is not his surgically-repaired ankle, as once thought. Instead, painful chronic headaches are keeping the former Charger out of action, says Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com.
Green’s agent, Adisi Bakara, declined to comment on his client, saying only that his ankle is “fine.” The tight end complained of headaches after suffering two concussions in two weeks last September, and one has to wonder if his current issue is related. Green sat out one game last season due to a concussion and one game during the 2014 season. He also missed two games in 2015 due to his ankle ailment.
This spring, the Steelers inked Green to a four-year, $20MM deal, expecting him to provide the team with a talented playmaker at the tight end position. Instead, the fleet-footed athlete hasn’t been able to get on the field this offseason.
Green has long been viewed as a potential star in the game thanks to the athleticism he provides coupled with his 6-foot-6, 237-pound frame. Many expected 2015 to be the year that Antonio Gates would cede the torch to Green, particularly given Gates’ suspension to start the season, but that was simply not the case. Now, the Steelers may be doubting whether Green will ever fulfill his potential. Concussion headaches are not easily treated and it may prove difficult for Green to perform if they linger.
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