Saturday, August 24, 2013
Jones, Allen, Johnson will play for Steelers
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- From the what-was-I-thinking file, of course running back Felix Jones is playing Saturday night.
The guy has less than a week to make the team, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are likely to give him a look as a kickoff returner as well as as a running back against Kansas City.
Isaac Redman (stinger) will apparently miss his second consecutive preseason game, meaning Jonathan Dwyer will start at running back against the Chiefs.
Tight end David Johnson will play, less than a week after the Steelers activated the fifth-year veteran from the physically unable to perform list. Cornerback Cortez Allen also will play after missing last Monday night’s game with a sprained ankle.
Allen will open the regular season as the starting cornerback opposite Ike Taylor, assuming he doesn’t have any setbacks. Johnson missed last season with a torn ACL, and the Steelers are likely to ease him back into action. His return is a welcome development for a team that will open the season without its top two tight ends, Heath Miller (knee) and Matt Spaeth (Lisfranc sprain).