Jarvis Jones bruised his chest last Saturday night, but the Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker confirmed Monday that he didn’t receive much more than a scare when he was tackled at the end of an interception return.
“I’m fine,” Jones said. “I’m kind of sore so they’re going to let me take it day by day.”
Jones, the Steelers’ first-round pick last April, did not rule out practicing today or playing Thursday at Carolina in the Steelers’ final preseason game.
The Steelers will exercise caution with Jones, just as they did after he got hurt in the fourth quarter of a 26-20 overtime loss to Kansas City. The Steelers had Jones taken to the hospital after the game even though he had come off the field on his own after initially staying down.
Jones got hurt after he landed on the ball and then a couple of Chiefs players landed on him. His interception didn’t count because of a penalty on Steelers cornerback Josh Victorian, but the play provided another example of how Jones always seems to be around the ball.
He has forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in three preseason games. And Jones was the Stelers player who pounced on a loose ball after the Chiefs blocked a 52-yard field goal attempt by Shaun Suisham.
“Just running to the ball and coming up with some luck,” Jones said when asked why he always seems to be around the ball.
Such an answer seems to come straight from the script of Troy Polamalu. That is fitting since the All-Pro safety also seems to possess something that can’t be taught.
“Some people just kind of have a knack for being around the ball," Polamalu said, "and Jarvis definitely has that.”
That knack is why Jones will help the Steelers on defense this season.
And why he will start at right outside linebacker sooner rather than later.