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Steelers TE Green placed on PUP list, out at least 8 weeks

Chris Adamski
| Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, 4:36 p.m.
The Steelers'  Ladarius Green during ota practice Thursday, June 2, 2016 UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.
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The Steelers' Ladarius Green during ota practice Thursday, June 2, 2016 UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

The Steelers have waited a long time for their prized free-agent acquisition of this past offseason to make his practice debut for them.

That wait will last at least eight more weeks.

Tight end Ladarius Green was placed on the regular-season physically unable to perform list and is therefore ineligible to practice or join the active roster until after Week 6 of the regular season.

Green is still recovering from ankle surgery, which coach Mike Tomlin has reiterated is the reason Green has been on the PUP list throughout the preseason. NFL Network reported earlier this month that Green was suffering from headaches and that was preventing him from practicing or playing. Green, however, denied this.

Players placed on regular-season PUP must sit out the first six games of the regular season. A five-week window follows in which the player is permitted to return to practice. After that begins, the player has 21 days to be activated to the active roster or be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Last season, tackle Mike Adams spent the entire season on PUP.

The Steelers signed Green to a four-year, $20 million contract in March to replace longtime tight end Heath Miller, who retired the month prior. With Green out, second-year player Jesse James becomes the starter. Behind him are converted fullback David Johnson, undrafted first-year player Xavier Grimble and undrafted rookie Paul Lang. Fullback Roosevelt Nix also has been getting some practice reps lined up at tight end.

The entirety of the tight ends on the Steelers roster have combined for 32 career catches (plus two from Nix). Green had 37 in 13 games last season.

“We are preparing for the guys we got,” offensive coordinator Todd Haley said. “I know he is working hard to get back. When we have him, we will do everything we can. Jesse's doing a good job.”

Also cut Tuesday were safety Jacob Hagen, defensive tackle Devaunte Sigler and cornerback Kevin White. Sigler failed the training camp-opening conditioning test and White was signed a week after training camp began.

Rosters must be down to the regular-season league-mandated 53 by 4 p.m. Saturday, two days after the Steelers preseason finale at the Carolina Panthers.

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