Steelers Trade With Eagles Now Official As Both Players Have Passed Their Physicals

The Friday trade between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles is now official as running back Felix Jones and linebacker Adrian Robinson have both passed their physicals, according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

There wasn\’t any question whether or not Robinson would pass his physical, but being as Jones has had his share of injury issues in the past with his ankles, shoulder and hamstring, you can bet the Steelers medical staff had a lot of poking and prodding to do.

The Steelers will play their third preseason game Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs so Jones has quite a bit of studying to do if he is going to see any considerable playing time in the game.

The Steelers will be without the services of rookie running back Le\’Veon Bell against the Chiefs as he will be sidelined several weeks with a mid-foot injury suffered last week. In addition to Bell, LaRod Stephens-Howling could very well miss his second consecutive preseason game with an MCL sprain.

The Steelers are expected to start Isaac Redman, who missed the game last week with a stinger, Saturday night.

  • Bell Cow

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around this trade. I understand trading Robison because we seem to be pretty deep at linebacker, but why trade for a RB? I would’ve assumed we would’ve traded to obtain an offensive linemen or tight end since those are two positions we desperately need help.

  • RW

    There’s no way Jones plays a day after he’s signed – right? How in the world can he pick up the offense that fast?

  • RW

    Nobody has a spare lineman or TE to trade away. Even if they did, Robinson wouldn’t have represented enough value on the current market to trade for one.

  • DoctorNoah

    Adrian Robinson hasn’t shown the same flash as last year, and he’s no longer eligible for PS so either he sits on the 53 or he’s gone and he never shook his one trick pony status. With LSH and Bell both out, and Batch looking terrible overall, if Dwyer or Redman get hurt, we’re suddenly very thin at RB. Seems counterintuitive, but it’s a smart move. Felix costs barely anything

  • Matt Manzo

    I just wanna know if there were other possible rbs available?

  • Mike.H

    Keeping score: there are now 3 Jones and 2 Williams.

  • T R

    How much of a offense you gotta pick up. He a veteran. Get the ball from QB and find a hole and run

  • CW

    Most of the play calling in preseason will be still be pretty vanilla especially in the later quarters. Probably he plays with the 2nd or 3rd string when the play calling will still be plays that everybody runs and where all Jones will need to learn is couple different the signal calls.

  • Shea Fahr

    Because we are basically down to 2 or 3 possible healthy RBs for the remainder of the Preseason.

  • Shea Fahr

    It is starting to become difficult keeping up with the Jones’s right?

  • Shea Fahr

    Because he is already familiar with the inside/outside zone schemes. I am not elated by this either but the young man has shown some decent blocking and catching skills in the past. He passed the physical so let’s put him to work and see what he has left.

  • Admiral Ackbar

    Been working on this theory for a few hours tonight so lets see if anyone thinks it has some legs.

    Redman and Dwyer have been on the team the last 2 years and haven’t really felt a sense of urgency to perform or get cut. They show up and just get by, some good, some bad, but in the end they just get by.

    This year a RB was drafted in the 2nd round and I think that lit a fire under both their asses. They are in camp, in shape, and when healthy having a pretty good camp all with the real possibility of them not making the team.

    Now that Lev goes down for a few it’s possible that Ike and Jon think there spot is safe so the Steelers bring in F. Jones which cost them nothing, just to light a fire under the RB’s asses and keep them on their toes.

    This may be a bit far fetched but just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean that people aren’t out to get me.

  • Bell Cow

    How can you make that assumption? You have no idea what teams have or what they’re willing to trade.My point is that RB was not as big of a need as either OL or TE.

  • Bell Cow

    So trading for a RB who has a long history of injuries, (who by the way has been hurt twice already with hamstring injuries) was a good idea? He’s also well known for his fumbling issues. Hopefully he can help out the team because I’m slowly losing optimism in this football team.

  • RW

    Yes, I do.

  • joed32

    Fumbling issues not as bad as you may think. He fumbled 2 times in 111 carries last year While Redman fumbled 3 times in 110 carries. Dwyer fumbled 2 times in 156 carries.

  • Pete

    Just think depth and insurance at a position riddled with injuries. Jones is not a starter and wasn’t brought in to challenge for that. He has 4 or 5 years experience. It was said that he had dropped down to 4th backup. And yes, he’s a 1st round bust. After Dwyer, you have rookies. This was a move to add some depth and experience to the RB position as insurance. If everyone heals up in a few weeks, Jones will be pushed further down the depth chart and then he (or maybe Batch?) will be gone.

  • Pete

    Jones is a 1st round bust. He wasn’t even good enough to get a 2nd contract from the Cowboys. He probably wasn’t even going to make the Eagles 53. The trade of Robinson for Jones was very even in value. He’s not lighting the fire under anyone. Jones is a warm body to plug in as a worst case scenario. As everyone starts healing up, Jones will fall further down the depth chart and may only stick with the Steelers due to prolonged injuries at the RB position.