Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Jarvis Jones returns to practice
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- Jarvis Jones practiced for the first time since sustaining a concussion, and the rookie outside linebacker will play Sunday at Oakland, barring a setback.
The Steelers held Jones out of their 19-16 win against the Ravens even though he passed an ImPACT test late last week. Jones hasn’t experienced any symptoms from what he said was his first concussion.
“Clearly I’m fine,” Jones said. “I’m just going to continue to do what they ask me to do and just be ready when my opportunity comes.”
The Steelers did not play Jones against the Ravens after Dr. Micky Collins advised them to err on the side of caution following a check-up of Jones the day before the game.
A handful of Steelers who are battling through injuries were also full participants in the team’s first practice in preparation for the Raiders, including inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, who is nursing a broken left hand.
Timmons is wearing a cast, and the injury isn’t expected to limit him against the Raiders or in the practices leading up to the 4:05 p.m. game on Sunday. Also practicing fully on Wednesday were outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (knee), defensive end Cameron Heyward (illness) and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (abdomen).
Left tackle Kelvin Beachum (ribs), right tackle Marcus Gilbert (quadriceps), defensive end Brett Keisel (ribs) and tight end Heath Miller (coach's decision) were limited on Wednesday but all are expected to play against the Raiders.
Tight end Richard Gordon (toe) was also limited and he is questionable for Sunday.
Wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) already has been ruled out for Sunday.