Virgil Green

Los Angeles Chargers
Tight End #85
Los Angeles Chargers
Tight End #85

Virgil Green News

Shifts to IR

The Chargers placed Green (ankle) on injured reserve Thursday.

Analysis: Green will now officially have to miss at least three games while working to recover from his ankle injury. While the veteran is absent, Stephen Anderson and Donald Parham could see slight bumps in usage behind top tight end Hunter Henry.

Oct 29, 2020 3:30 PM EST

Could go to IR

Green suffered a lateral ankle sprain during Sunday's win over the Jaguars and may be placed on injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The X-rays came back negative, which is encouraging news considering Green appeared to suffer a devastating ankle injury while hauling in a 26-yard touchdown. Nevertheless, the 32-year-old tight end is slated to miss multiple weeks and likely will be stashed on IR until he's healthy. Stephen Anderson and Donald Parham should see bumps in usage behind Hunter Henry until Green returns.

Oct 26, 2020 12:42 PM EST

Done for the day

Green (ankle) will not return to Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Green never appeared to have a real shot at retaking the field Sunday, after he suffered what looked like a serious ankle injury while hauling in a 26-yard touchdown. The Jaguars will no doubt schedule the veteran tight end for further medical evaluation.

Oct 25, 2020 4:29 PM EST

Injures ankle making TD grab

Green (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Green landed awkwardly on his ankle while hauling in a 26-yard score, just his third catch of the season. If he's unable to retake the field, Donald Parham and Stephen Anderson will operate as the remaining backup tight ends behind Hunter Henry.

Oct 25, 2020 3:48 PM EST

Nails one target

Green caught his one target for 14 yards in Monday's 30-27 overtime loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Green received his first first-down reception of the season in the fourth quarter. The Chargers' No. 1 tight end Hunter Henry had much more action, scoring a touchdown and catching four of his eight targets likely as a byproduct of Keenan Allen's (back) first-quarter injury. The 32-year-old did play more than he has in the last two games, seeing 35 percent of snaps.

Oct 13, 2020 9:06 AM EST

Tallies two targets

Green (quad) caught one of two targets for 10 yards during Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Green was deemed questionable all week with a quad injury, but managed to be active and actually play 24 snaps. Primarily a blocking specialist throughout his career, Green saw just nine total catches last season, his lowest number of receptions since 2014. It appears as if that role won't change much in this campaign either, even with the extra reliance on starting tight end Hunter Henry (eight targets) in the come-from-behind win.

Sep 15, 2020 9:06 AM EST

Ready to rock

Green (quad) is active for the team's Week 1 matchup against the Bengals.

Analysis: Green held a questionable tag throughout the week due to a quad injury. After logging three consecutive full practices, he'll be ready to serve as the team's second tight end Sunday.

Sep 13, 2020 11:49 AM EST

Questionable for season opener

Green (quadriceps) is considered questionable for Sunday's game versus the Bengals.

Analysis: Green was a full participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday, so it appears he picked up this injury during Friday's practice. The 32-year-old works mainly in a run-blocking role, but his potential absence would open the door for Stephen Anderson and Donald Parham to play a role in the Chargers' offense.

Sep 11, 2020 11:45 AM EST

Lowest offensive snaps since '15

Green finished the 2019 season with nine catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Green's 384 offensive snaps were his fewest since the 2015 season with the Broncos, so suffice to say the blocking specialist was hardly a factor in his second season with the Chargers. It's entirely possible the Chargers could opt out of the final year in Green's contract despite the fact he'll cost just $3.5 million against the cap, though the veteran's defined role in the offensive, as marginal as it may be, might be viewed a bit more valuable than a simple cap-cutting causality.

Jan 4, 2020 8:41 AM EST

Picks up four yards in win

Green caught his only target, a four-yard gain, during Sunday's 24-17 loss to Oakland.

Analysis: Green's catch didn't come until the Chargers' final drive. The veteran tight end still hasn't caught multiple passes in a game since Week 16 of the 2018 season. It's been a disappointing season for Green and the Chargers and the Nevada product seems unlikely to put together a game worth looking forward to Sunday against the Chiefs. Green had an eight-yard reception against Kansas City in Week 11's 24-17 loss.

Dec 24, 2019 10:58 PM EST

First catch since Week 11

Green caught his only target for 14 yards in the 45-10 win Sunday over the Jaguars.

Analysis: A three-score lead by the start of the second half allowed for the Chargers to feature their running game prominently, creating a couple of extra snaps for the run-blocking Green. The veteran tight end has simply not been a priority through the air, as Green is currently on pace to barely pass his 2014 numbers in which he caught just six passes and tallied 74 receiving yards despite plying close to 400 snaps with the Broncos.

Dec 10, 2019 7:21 AM EST

Catches one pass

Green caught one of his two targets for 15 yards in the 24-17 loss Sunday to the Steelers.

Analysis: The return of Hunter Henry (knee) essentially relegated Green to a reserve blocker, as the veteran tight end played just 37 percent of his team's snaps compared to 77 percent the week before. Even as the No. 1 option at tight end, Green was hardly a fantasy focal point, and with Henry back, he should not be relied upon in any capacity.

Oct 14, 2019 12:51 PM EST

Does almost nothing in loss

Green (groin) caught his only target for five yards in the 20-13 loss Sunday to the Broncos.

Analysis: Green was the only tight end to catch a pass Sunday, but this was hardly a revenge game for the long-time Broncos player. Considering the veteran has only ran routes on 70 percent of his snaps to date, it's clear the 31-year-old is little more than a blocking specialist in an offense that tends to only feature four players any given game.

Oct 8, 2019 7:48 AM EST

Ready for action

Green (groin) is active for Sunday's game versus the Broncos.

Analysis: Green will return after a one-game absence, and he'll slot in as the starting tight end. His offensive upside -- three targets in three games -- has been disappointing despite Hunter Henry's (knee) absence, and Lance Kendricks -- who was targeted three times in Week 4 -- could cut into his chances.

Oct 6, 2019 11:42 AM EST

Listed as questionable

Green (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Broncos.

Analysis: Green has been able to practice in some capacity all week including a full participation Friday, so it certainly seems as if the veteran's game-time status is trending in the right direction. The 31-year-old has seen just three targets across 113 offensive snaps through three games, but considering injuries to Hunter Henry (knee) and Sean Culkin (Achilles) leave the unproven Stephen Anderson and veteran castoff Lance Kendricks behind Green on the depth chart, it's possible he could see a bit more action in the passing game if active Sunday.

Oct 4, 2019 12:40 PM EST

Participating in practice Wednesday

Green (groin) returned to practice Wednesday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It wasn't revealed what capacity Green participated in, but practicing in any fashion gives him a decent shot to play Sunday versus the Broncos. If he suits up, Green should play plenty of snaps since the Chargers just sent Sean Culkin to injured reserve with a torn Achilles. However, his fantasy value isn't appealing with just two catches for 13 yards through three games.

Oct 2, 2019 2:07 PM EST

Can't play Week 4

Green (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Miami.

Analysis: With Green joining Hunter Henry (knee) on the inactive list, Sean Culkin and Lance Kendricks are the Chargers' healthy choices at tight end. The team also has a bunch of wideout injuries, with Mike Williams (knee) ruled out and Travis Benjmain (hip) listed as doubtful.

Sep 27, 2019 12:00 PM EST

Misses another practice

Green (groin) is not practicing Friday, Eric D. Williams of reports.

Analysis: Green has been a non-participant in practice all week. He appears to be trending towards missing Sunday's contest against the Dolphins, in which case Sean Culkin and Lance Kendricks would serve as the Chargers' top tight ends.

Sep 27, 2019 10:44 AM EST

Sits during practice

Green (groin) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The groin injury Green picked up in the Week 3 loss to the Texans was believed to be minor, but his back-to-back absences from practice this week suggest that may not be the case. Green will have one more chance to prove his health during Friday's practice before the Chargers provide a final update on his status for Sunday's matchup with the Dolphins.

Sep 26, 2019 1:43 PM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Green (groin) did not practice Wednesday, Daniel Popper reports.

Analysis: Green exited Week 3's loss to the Texans early due to a reportedly minor groin injury, but he's not yet ready to resume practicing. With Hunter Henry (knee) sidelined Green has stepped up as Los Angeles' interim starting tight end. Sean Culkin and Lance Kendricks would see increased snaps if Green were forced to miss any time.

Sep 25, 2019 3:04 PM EST

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