| Ladarius Green takes part in limited practice -- Thu Sep 24 5:55 pm --|
Chargers added TE Kyle Miller for Week 3 insurance
|Ladarius Green (concussion) was among the notable (injured) Chargers to practice Thursday.
Green was a limited participant Wednesday due to a concussion, which he suffered Sunday versus the Bengals and was diagnosed with on Tuesday after he reported symptoms, the team said. It's his second such diagnosis this month. He was determined to have a concussion Sept. 9 following a practice. The Chargers signed tight end Kyle Miller on Thursday for some insurance at the position. Green notably was concussed last December, losing consciousness on a hit by a Patriots cornerback. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: It's more than a bit surprising Green is even allowed to run at this point, much less practice in a limited fashion, and may even be irresponsible on the Chargers' part. Given how little time has passed in between Green's last two concussions, it seems highly unlikely he will be allowed to play at Minnesota this weekend. With Antonio Gates still serving the final two games of his suspension, John Phillips will almost certainly the start but is well off the fantasy map.
| Ladarius Green in concussion protocol again -- Wed Sep 23 6:51 pm --|
Status is uncertain for Week 3
|The Chargers tight end was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, one day after arriving at the team facility with "concussion-like symptoms," coach Mike McCoy said. His status for Sunday's game against the Vikings is uncertain, as the team navigates through a delicate situation.
The concussion came Sunday against the Bengals, a team spokesman said.
FF Today's Take: The article notes Sunday's concussion makes it two in eleven days and three in nine months for TE Ladarius Green. It will be tough for Green to obtain clearance for this weekend and Antonio Gates is slated to return after Week 4. In other words, Green's fantasy stock is shrinking fast.
| TE Ladarius Green may have concussion -- Wed Sep 9 6:00 pm --|
SD already thin at TE
|Ladarius Green is being evaluated for a possible concussion. (Ricky Henne via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With Antonio Gates (suspension) already ruled out, Ladarius Green was expected to start the season as the starter. With Green entering concussion protocol, his status for Week 1 and beyond is now in serious doubt. David Johnson would presumably step into a larger role this weekend. Johnson, a seventh round draft pick in 2009, has been used sparingly over the past five seasons but did manage to snare a touchdown reception back in 2011. The team could also look to add another player via free agency or trade over the next few days.
|Ladarius Green "seems faster than he's ever been" -- Thu Jul 9 5:15 pm --|
TE drawing praise from coaches, players after injury-filled 2014
|Ladarius Green has felt offseason pressure to perform but with Antonio Gates (suspended the first four games), Green could potentially fill a much bigger role to start the season.
"(Green) still has huge upside and possibilities. Last year he had to fight through a number of different injuries at different times, so I am excited for him this year,” TE coach Pete Metzelaars said.
“He seems faster than he’s ever been. He certainly seems that way with the way he’s moving,” QB Philip Rivers acknowledged. (Chargers.com)|
FF Today's Take: The offseason hype train may as well be named after Green, who has generated a lot of summer buzz over his first three NFL seasons only to remain stuck behind Gates and the Chargers' preference to use three-wide sets. Gates' suspension gives Green a month-long window to force his way into more playing time. While his 2015 season-long prospects will probably dim once Gates returns, a successful audition might be enough to draw a big-money contract in free agency next spring.