Even though he was back in full pads on Wednesday and for the first time in well over two weeks, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones wasn’t a full participant during the session. Jones, who is slowly working his way back from an abdominal strain suffered during the team’s July 31 practice, apparently still has a few hurdles to get over before he’ll be allowed to play in a preseason game.
“He’s got to get the clean bill of health from the docs and he’s got to prove that he’s functional in terms of being able to make all the throws,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said of Jones following Wednesday’s practice. “When those two things happen, he’ll be participating. Whether that’s this week or next, that remains to be seen.”
While Tomlin didn’t rule Jones out from playing this coming Sunday night against the Atlanta Falcons, it’s probably a good bet he’ll ultimately sit that contest out with the hope being he can play in the team’s final two preseason games.
Being as starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said a few days ago that he’s not expecting to play Sunday against the Falcons, we can probably look forward to rookie quarterback Joshua Dobbs making a second consecutive preseason start with No. 4 quarterback Bart Houston eventually relieving him in the second half.