Tomlin will likely have that discussion prior to Wednesday's session, as Green said last week he expects to begin practicing when first eligible. Even if Green's expectation holds true, he could be held out of Sunday's game against the Patriots. With the Steelers on bye in Week 8, the tight end seems more likely to return for Week 9 against Baltimore, though his practice status still bears watching.
Green (ankle) plans to return to practice next week when he is eligible to do so, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Green remains on the Steelers' physically unable to perform list, but he's trending in the right direction health-wise, and it's within the realm of possibility that he could be activated in advance of the Steelers' Oct. 23 game against the Patriots. Of course, with Pittsburgh on bye in Week 8, it's not hard to imagine the team playing it safe and waiting until Week 9 to roll out Green for the first time, assuming no setbacks.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that
Green has been one of the 2016 season's true mysteries, with the
Green's first training camp and preseason as a Steeler was fraught with conflicting reports about his continued absence, with headaches and a slow recovery from offseason ankle surgery alternating as the culprit. However, the organization ended speculation between the third and fourth exhibitions, placing the tight end on the PUP list. Missing the first six games of the campaign has given Green additional time to complete his rehabilitation. Unfortunately for him, league rules won't allow him to practice until Oct. 17 -- or one day after Pittsburgh's Week 6 tilt in Miami -- leaving very little time to prove his health in advance of the aforementioned showdown with the Patriots.
Green has recovered from January ankle surgery much slower than expected, with his continued absence from practice even stirring rumors that he's still bothered by symptoms from a concussion he suffered early last season. He recently shot down those rumors, speaking publicly for one of the few times since he signed a four-year, $20 million contract in March. The 26-year-old tight end did admit that his ankle is progressing slowly, as he only recently started bearing weight on the affected leg. The
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