Sunday, October 20, 2013
Steelers play it safe with Jarvis Jones
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- Right outside linebacker Jarvis Jones will miss his first NFL game after suffering a concussion in the Steelers’ 19-6 win over the Jets last Sunday.
That Jones is among the seven Steelers inactives today does not necessarily mean he didn’t receive medical clearance to play against the Ravens. The Steelers may have de-activated Jones as a precaution, especially after he said he did not take part in any team drills on Friday, even though the team listed him as a full participant in practice.
Just as noteworthy is the Steelers are dressing eight offensive linemen today with Mike Adams and Cody Wallace joining Guy Whimper as the backups. The decision reflects the Steelers’ desire to leave Kelvin Beachum at left tackle if there is an in-game injury along the line.
It is also an indication that coach Mike Tomlin learned his lesson last week after a pregame injury to Levi Brown left the Steelers with six offensive linemen while a dislocated wrist sidelined tight end and emergency offensive tackle David Johnson early in first quarter.
Running back Isaac Redman, who opened the season as a starter, is inactive for a third consecutive game. Cornerback Isaiah Green got the nod over Curtis Brown, who is not dressing today.