Green isn't in the NFL's protocol for head injuries, yet he hasn't received clearance from the concussion suffered in Week 15, Mark Kaboly of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
A lengthy recovery from offseason ankle surgery pushed back Green's debut as a Steeler to Week 10, but he was only active for six games before a concussion reared its head in Week 15, keeping him sidelined during the team's run to the AFC championship game. Beset by concussions in the past, there's no telling when he'll rid himself of symptoms. For Green's sake, general manager Kevin Colbert expects the tight end to be a part of the Steelers' roster next season, per Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter. Having said that, Green's recovery will likely determine Colbert's course of action in upcoming months.
Green previously said that he's not considering retirement and hopes to return to the Steelers, but after missing the team's final two regular-season games and three postseason tilts due to his latest concussion, his status is not so certain from the team's perspective. Not only does Green have a history of head injuries, which, along with an ankle problem, contributed toward him making just six appearances this season, but the four-year, $20 million contract he signed with Pittsburgh last offseason makes his situation even more important to consider. Overall, the Steelers will have to weigh his availability and talent against his salary cap hit to ultimately decide whether his wish to remain with the team is granted.
Green signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Steelers last offseason, but went on to make just six appearances during the 2016 campaign due to ankle and concussion problems. While those issues limited the 26-year-old to 18 receptions for 304 yards and one score, his reported concussion history is the reason for most of the concern over his status in Pittsburgh going forward. For his part, Green said he's focused on bouncing back with an improved 2017 season, but it'll be interesting to see if both his body and the Steelers organization afford him that opportunity next term.
Green (concussion/illness) isn't expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship game at New England, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Green's medical chart is fraught with concussions, the most recent of which has kept him out of commission since Dec. 18. In addition to his residence in the NFL's protocol for head injuries, he caught the illness that infiltrated the Steelers' locker room this week. If he remains sidelined Sunday, Jesse James will act as the No. 1 tight end yet again.
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|2013||Los Angeles Chargers||16||10||17||376||22.1||60||3||9||1||15|
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|2012||Los Angeles Chargers||4||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||Los Angeles Chargers||16||10||10.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Los Angeles Chargers||14||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2013||Los Angeles Chargers||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
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