Steelers Rookie LB Jarvis Jones Back Practicing Again As Of Monday

The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the practice field Monday as they began preparing to play the Tennessee Titans Sunday in their 2013 season opener at Heinz Field. Rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones, who suffered a sprained chest in the third preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, was able to practice with the team, and he talked to the media afterwards.

“I pretty much did everything today,” said Jones. “It was a great feeling to get back out there and practice with the guys, go through the routine and prepare for Sunday.

“Today was a day we go through a lot of the early calls against other teams, get back into it. For me it was going out there and getting a feel for it. I was off for a week and I was finding out where I am.”

The Steelers didn’t practice in pads Monday, so Jones said that he didn’t need to take any extra precautions in order to protect his chest, and that he just went with the flow of things.

“Obviously, the offensive line was punching and doing their thing,” Jones said. “I went out there and had a good practice and just tried to finish.”

Jones is expected to be ready to play Sunday, but whether or not he will start at right outside linebacker is still unknown. Head coach Mike Tomlin admitted last week that the Georgia product was in the running to do just that, but that it all now depends on how fast he recovers from his injury.

Whether or not Jones starts is really insignificant at this point as it is obvious he will begin rotating in on defense sooner rather than later. During the preseason, the Steelers implemented a rotation consisting of Jones, Jason Worilds and LaMarr Woodley, so we could see that same rotation used as early as Sunday.

  • JPDQ

    One of the few things I’m actually excited about on this year’s team is Jarvis Jones. I’m curious to see how this competition/rotation plays out, because it seems like he could be a playmaker.

  • dgh57

    It’s encouraging that he’s back to practicing. Next up for him is taking away snaps from Worilds. If he continues being around the ball like he was in the preseason that may be sooner than we think!

  • Shea Fahr

    Totally agree.

  • Mark

    I like the rotation they’ve developed, and I’m sure whoever has results will play more. Jones and Allen are simply playmakers, which is something this defense has been missing in the starting lineup.

  • steeltown

    Future looks bright with guys like Jones, Allen, McLendon, V.Williams and S.Thomas

  • dgh57

    Don’t forget Brian Arnfelt & Nick Williams in the pipeline!

    Bell & Wheaton over on offense!

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    I was totally wrong about drafting Jones… now I am hoping to see he kid start and be rewarded by his hard work.

  • steeltown

    Oh no doubt, I was talking immediate future, but yes Arnfelt, Baxter and Nicholas Williams all have huge upside

    Offense im alittle more reserved on my judgments, I love Wheaton thus far and have always liked the younger guys like A.Brown, Pouncey and DeCastro and Will Johnson etc.. but I’ll hold off just a bit till I see some more production from these guys, especially Le’Veon Bell

  • dgh57

    With my 1st two names I was more talking about what was in the pipeline beyond this year.

    As for Bell & Wheaton, I figured what the hell, I’ll just throw their names in there since we’re talking about young up & coming players. So yeah, I’m probably getting ahead of myself with them but I still see some upside there.