Steelers LB Jarvis Jones Is Progressing Well Bit Still Unlikely To Play Against Panthers

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones told the media Monday he would be fine after suffering a chest injury Saturday night when he fell on the football following an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite feeling better a few days later, however, Jones did not practice on Monday.

“Jarvis Jones appears to be progressing well,” said head coach Mike Tomlin following Monday’s practice. “We’ll monitor him and I’ll have more information at that press conference tomorrow.”

Jones had to be taken from the stadium to the hospital via an ambulance following the game, but Tomlin refused to say that the first-round draft pick avoided a scary situation.

“I wouldn’t necessarily call it scare,” said Tomlin. “We just exercised precaution under the circumstance and wanted to take very good care of him, and we did. He’s going to be fine.”

As for Jones, he refused to say that he has a contusion to his chest during his talk with the media, but did detail what happened on the play he was injured on.

“I’m fine,” started Jones. “It’s just one of those moments. I don’t know if it was a bad technique or anything, but I got tackled from behind, fell on the ball, the dude fell on top of me and knocked the air out of me. Our staff did the precautionary thing by having me go and get it checked out.”

As for Jones possibly being able to play Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers, he said Monday that has yet to be determined.

“They’re just going to let me take it day by day and see how it goes,” he said.

It will be a big surprise should Jones play against the Panthers as it would be wise to let him sit this final game out. I think his roster spot is pretty safe at this point.

  • Jason

    I wouldn’t play him on a bet. He’s gotten a ton of reps this preseason and is light years ahead of where I expected at this point as far as setting the edge in the run game and dropping into coverage. No reason to risk further injury to play a couple snaps in a meaningless preseason game.

  • joed32

    I hope it doesn’t cost him his chance to be the starter. That battle probably hasn’t been decided yet.

  • r4kolb

    My guess is it’s already been decided. At worst he will split time with Jason W. I’m betting if he’s healthy he starts.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    He probably won’t be the starter on day 1. Who cares? He is going to get a ton of playing time and my guess is by the bye week, he is the starter.

  • Ahmad

    Yeah I’d err on the side of caution and sit him out. His roster spot is secure and he has performed well above the line IMO. Just let him get fully healthy and ready for Week 1.

  • steeltown

    Agreed..he has no doubt impressed..I wouldnt risk further injury or setback, especially when C.Carter and Alan Baxter could use the reps. To be honest, I’d have Carter and Baxter play the entire game, if Carter cant be productive against the Panther 2nd and 3rd Team than they should seriously consider his overall contribution to this Team, which up until now have been minimal