Jarvis Jones Injury: Update on Steelers LB's Chest, Potential Return Date
Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter has the news:
J. Jones is being taken to hospital for further evaluations on his chest. Injured in fourth quarter #Steelers— Dale Lolley (@dlolleyor) August 25, 2013
Jones looked to be in some discomfort as he was wheeled out on a stretcher. #Steelers— Dale Lolley (@dlolleyor) August 25, 2013
Jones has since been diagnosed with an AC sprain and chest.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 4
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette reports that Jones will not be starting at outside linebacker, contrary to some earlier reports saying that he would:
Jason Worilds will start at James Harrison's vacated spot at right outside linebacker, but "Jones is going to play." On the left side, LaMarr Woodley will come out at times as the Steelers rotate those three at outside linebacker.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 27
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette passes along statements from Jarvis Jones:
'I got tackled from behind, fell on the ball, dude fell on me, knocked the air out of me,' Jones said. 'I don't know how many fell on top of me...'
'... Our staff just wanted to get it checked and make sure that we didn't do damage,' Jones said...
...'It's the game of football,' Jarvis Jones explained. 'People don't understand. They think you can just play football and just have long careers without getting nicks and that. But that doesn't happen. Things are going to happen if you play this game long enough.'
'It can happen early on, it can happen in the middle of your career or the end. You never know when it's going to happen. When it does, you have to do the right thing, take care of your body and get back out there as soon as possible.'
Bouchette also provided a statement from Jones' teammate Larry Foote:
'He's just going to hear from a lot of guys about how soft he is, inside linebacker Larry Foote said...
... 'It kind of scared me when I saw [the news] going across the TV. But I texted him, and he told me he was fine. I told him they don't make them how they used to make them.'
UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 25
From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Steelers announce that rookie Jarvis Jones was released from the hospital. Tests negative.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2013
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette also added some concerning details:
Steelers rookie Jarvis Jones hooked up to IV on a gurney when taken to hospital tonight. Chest injury being evaluated— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) August 25, 2013
Jones, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the No. 17 overall pick in last April's draft, was injured after being tackled following an interception, which was later nullified by a penalty.
At the time, the injury didn't appear serious, as he was officially labeled as questionable to return.
He didn't return, however, and sometime after the game ended, he was taken from the stadium to the hospital.
This marks the second significant injury to a Steelers rookie in the past two weeks. Second-round pick Le'Veon Bell suffered a slight ligament tear in his foot during last week's preseason game with the Washington Redskins and could miss up to six weeks, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac.
It was still unclear if Jones was going to get the starting nod at outside linebacker over Jason Worilds, but either way, it has become clear that the 23-year-old is a playmaker who needs to be on the field as much as possible.
Jones had already shown glimpses of the electrifying pass-rusher who racked up 28 sacks and nine forced fumbles in two seasons with Georgia.
More than anything, though, the hope is that there is nothing seriously wrong with Jones, and that he will be able to make a speedy recovery.
We'll be sure to keep you updated on his status.
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