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TE Ladarius Green - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-6, 238Born: 5-29-1990College: La.-LafayetteDrafted: Round 4

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Jan 16): Green (concussion) was listed as doubtful to play on Friday's injury report - he didn't practice at all last week and he was inactive for Week 19/the Divisional round of the playoffs.

General News (Fri Jan 20): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Thu Jan 19): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Jan 18): partially participated in Wednesday's practice. Green is not expected to play in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 22, against the New England Patriots, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.

General News (Tue Jan 17): remains in the league's concussion protocol, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

Week 20: at New England Patriots

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. New England defeated the Steelers 27-16 at Heinz Field back on October 23rd, 2016. However, in that game Ben Roethlisberger sat out due to his torn knee meniscus cartilage that had been surgically repaired just prior to the Week Seven game. Obviously, the Pittsburgh passing attack functions at a high level when Roethlisberger is available to play, as he is this week - looking back won't tell us much about this matchup. Last week, Pittsburgh couldn't muster a single TD in Kansas City and yet won the game 18-16 thanks to a post-season record performance from place kicker Chris Boswell (6/6 in field goals). Roethlisberger threw 20/31 for 224 yards, zero TDs and one interception, with one sack taken for -6 yards. He relied heavily on three main targets - Antonio Brown (11 targets for 6/108/0 receiving), Jesse James (six for 5/83/0), and Eli Rogers (seven for 5/27/0). Brown (nine targets for 5/124/2 receiving in the Wild Card round vs. Miami) is the clear-cut #1 target for Roethlisberger entering the Conference Championships - Roethlisberger only needed to throw 13/18 for 197 yards passing, two TDs (and two interceptions) with one sack taken for -9 yards to defeat Miami two games ago. LeVeon Bell has posted 167 and 170 yards rushing in the past two games, easing the demands on Roethlisberger's throwing arm. Ladarius Green (concussion) remains in the league's concussion protocol, according to head coach Mike Tomlin on Tuesday, January 17 - Green looks unlikely to play a meaningful role even if he does get cleared, as he's missed many weeks of practices at this point. Brock Osweiler had a rough go of it at Gillette Stadium last weekend, throwing 23/40 for 198 yards passing, one TD and three interceptions, while taking three sacks for -17 yards during the Patriots' 16-34 win. The Patriots' pass defense finished regular season ranked 12th in the NFL averaging 237.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores handed out vs. 13 interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and 34 sacks (tie-16th) generated. Over the final three weeks of regular season, New England averaged a mere 11.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (least in the NFL); 18.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing wide receivers (13th-least) and just 3.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing tight ends (sixth-least). Matt Moore had 24/34 for 205 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown vs. New England in the season finale - nobody has gone over that 205 net yards passing mark in the past three contests vs. New England (the Jets had 8/24 for 128 net yards passing, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown three games ago). The Steelers' passing offense sputtered in Kansas City, and they face another tough customer on the road in Foxboro on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

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20 at NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 15 vs CIN (8 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)

Ladarius Green was a focal point in the Steelers passing game. He had a couple of opportunities which were off-target during the 1st half. Early 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 17, Green was left uncovered streaking down the right sideline for a 23-yard reception. Mid 4th quarter, Green ran a crossing-route for a 10-yard reception. On a 3rd and 8 late in the 4th quarter, Green found a soft spot in the middle of the field and completed a 28-yard reception. Green was slow to get up after a big hit but walked off the field under his own power.

2016 Week 14 vs BUF (6 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Green was still a clear emphasis of the passing gameplan, with two early catches. He was the intended target on one of Roethlisberger's interceptions, coming in the red zone. Green got open deep when Roethlisberger was flushed from the pocket, but the quarterback couldn't make an accurate throw. Another end zone target intended for Green was almost picked. The will was the there, but the execution wasn't, so Green was a Week 14 dud.

2016 Week 13 vs NYG (11 / 6 / 110 / 1 rec)

Ladarius Green had a breakout game and a career-best 110 receiving yards. Late 1st quarter, Green dropped a catchable ball while running a crossing route. Ben Roethlisberger went right back to Green on the next play. Green was left wide-open down the right sideline for a 37-yard reception. Mid 2nd quarter on a 3rd and 3, Green ran a curl-route for a 9-yard reception. Mid 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 8, Green ran a curl-route for a 10-yard reception. During the next series, Green split coverage and streaked down the middle of the field completing a 33-yard reception. Later in the drive, Green got behind the Giants safety for a 20-yard touchdown reception.

2016 Week 12 vs IND (3 / 2 / 67 / 0 rec)

Ladarius Green made an impact with a couple of long receptions. Early 2nd quarter on a 3rd and 13, Green caught a pass over his left shoulder and picking up a 32-yard pass reception. Mid 4th quarter, Green ran a post-route and found a hole in the defense for a 35-yard reception.

2016 Week 11 vs CLE (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ladarius Green did not have many opportunities. Late 3rd quarter on 3rd and goal, Green came up just short with scoring a touchdown reception as he was in tight coverage.

2016 Week 10 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

Ladarius Green started to work his way into the Steelers offense during his first game with the team. After the Steelers first touchdown, Ladarius Green was unable to complete the 2-point conversion. Green ran a fade-route in the left corner of the end zone but could not come down with the reception as his body was turning. Late 2nd quarter, Green ran a comeback-route for a 9-yard reception, his first with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Early 4th quarter, Green made a short 11-yard reception. Late 4th quarter, Green completed a 10-yard reception while staying underneath the coverage.

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Latest News

Steelers | Ladarius Green listed as questionable (Fri Jan 20, 05:17 PM) - Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 20, and is listed as questionable for the AFC Championship game.

Our View: Green is unlikely to play against the Patriots, but his limited practice on Friday does open up the possibility.
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Steelers | Ladarius Green back at practice (Fri Jan 20, 01:15 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) still remains in the league's concussion protocol, but he was able to practice Friday, Jan. 20, although he did not do so with the first team.

Our View: He is expected to make the trip to New England but not expected to play in the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.
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Steelers | Ladarius Green downgraded (Thu Jan 19, 04:28 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, illness) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 19, after being limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Our View: This could pave the way for a nice game for Jesse James. He had 83 yards on five catches against Kansas City, and could easily equal that with attention going to Antonio Brown.
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Steelers | Ladarius Green limited Wednesday (Wed Jan 18, 04:14 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Our View: Green still isn't cleared from the concussion protocol. We doubt he plays against the Patriots.
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Steelers | Ladarius Green not expected to suit up (Tue Jan 17, 11:53 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is not expected to play in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 22, against the New England Patriots, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.

Our View: It would be helpful to have a weapon like Green on the field against a high-powered Patriots team, but there's no way the Steelers are going to rush Green back into action. He's been out since Week 16 and may not even be ready if the Steelers were to make it to the Super Bowl.
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