Yesterday it was reported that rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was held out of practice due to a head injury. While the specifics of the injury were not discussed, Burt Lauten (the Steelers’ Communications Coordinator) tweeted the following earlier today:
With the recent diagnosis in mind, it does not look like Jones will be ready or healthy enough to suit up for the Steelers in their pivotal game against the Baltimore Ravens this weekend. This is truly a shame for Jones, especially since he finally looked to be turning a corner from a pocket-collapse perspective last weekend against the New York Jets.
If Jones is sidelined against the Ravens, then the Steelers’ coaching staff will have to turn to Jason Worilds at the right outside linebacker position instead. Worilds, who recorded his first sack of the season last weekend, lost his job to the rookie earlier this year but will have his best chance to win it back if the former Georgia Bulldog is unable to play.
The potential matchup between Worilds and the newly acquired Eugene Monroe should be an intriguing one to watch this weekend, and Pittsburgh’s defense must find ways to create pressure against Baltimore’s offensive line which has struggled at times to keep Joe Flacco upright through their first six games (19 sacks allowed).
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