Pittsburgh Steelers rookie OLB Jarvis Jones was diagnosed with a concussion yesterday, as it wasn’t initially known if Jones suffered a concussion in last week’s win over the New York Jets. ESPN NFL Nation’s Scott Brown reports that Jones was able to practice today, and he is expected to receive medical clearance for this week’s big rivalry game against the Baltimore Ravens. In order to play, though, the Georgia Bulldogs product will need to pass all of the concussion tests before 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday.
Jarvis Jones was initially not expected to play before practicing today, and it’s a nice turnaround for him and the Steelers defense. He has recorded 19 tackles this season, but he is also still searching for his first stack. Still, Jones is definitely better than veteran backup Jason Worilds, and he has shown plenty of flashes and natural talent.
Worilds did, however, post a sack last week against the Jets, and he will play if Jones is unable to pass the concussion tests this week. Jones only reported the symptoms to the Steelers the day after the game, so we still need to keep a close eye on his status. But because he practiced today, Jones is tentatively expected to suit up this week. Since Jones is just a rookie and the Steelers seem comfortable enough starting Worilds if necessary, I highly doubt the Steelers “rush” Jones’s concussion.