Jarvis Jones to Return to Lineup vs. Bengals
This is definitely a much needed re-addition to the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineup since Brett Keisel’s addition to the injured reserve list.
A day after Steelers coach Mike Tomlin suggested Jarvis Jones might return, the second-year linebacker confirmed that would be the case.
Jones said he will be activated from the injured reserve/designated to return list in time for Sunday’s game against the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals.
“I am playing this week, man,” said Jones, the team’s first-round pick in 2013. “I am playing. I am looking forward to it. It’s been too long and has been a long time coming.”
Jones dislocated his right wrist while sacking and forcing a fumble of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton shortly before halftime Sept. 21. Jones had pins inserted in his wrist.
The Steelers placed him on long-term injured reserve, which requires injured players to be out at least eight weeks.
The Steelers could use Jones, especially when it comes to pressuring the quarterback. Despite missing all but 10 quarters, Jones is only 2 1⁄2 sacks behind team leader Jason Worilds.
The Steelers are on pace for 28 sacks, which would represent their lowest total since they had 19 in 1988 and be their fourth-lowest total in the Super Bowl era.
Jones would provide a spark if he can regain his pass-rushing prowess from his days at Georgia, where he registered 28 sacks in two seasons.
The Steelers signed 36-year-old James Harrison to replace Jones while he was out. Harrison went from splitting time with Arthur Moats to playing all but three snaps last week against the New Orleans Saints.
Jones is unsure what he role might have against the Bengals, including whether he will start.
“It’s still just the first day of the week, so they are evaluating me,” Jones said. “We will see how it plays out and see what (my role) will be by Saturday. When I get out there, it’s just getting used to making football moves and work some of the soreness out. Other than that, I am fine.”
A sign of a true “MAN OF STEEL”! Not an easy injury to come back from, but Jones has the heart and drive to look past that. How the Steelers will divvy up the playing time between James and Jarvis has yet to be determined, but either way it goes..it can’t hurt. #PS4L