Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones has been diagnosed with a concussion and his status for Sunday's game against the Ravens is unknown. Jones, who supplanted veteran Jason Worilds as the starting right outside linebacker after the first game, missed practice Wednesday and is not practicing today.
Jones said he was injured on a kickoff in Sunday's 19-6 victory against the Jets, but it was unclear when. He played 33 of the defense's 58 snaps and played in the fourth quarter. His pressure on Jets quarterback Geno Smith midway through the fourth quarter led to a Lawrence Timmons interception that sealed the victory.
The Steelers said today that Jones first alerted team doctors of symptoms on Monday, at which time he was tested and treated. They said he was diagnosed with a concussion Wednesday evening.
Concussions are a front-burner issue with the NFL in the wake of a class-action lawsuit filed by retired players against the league. The NFL has come down hard on players who use their helmets as weapons and has strived for better safety within the game.
If Jones played after sustaining a concussion he is the second known Steelers player to do so this season. Running back Isaac Redman told the Post-Gazette he played with a concussion after getting injured on the opening kickoff in the second game of the season at Cincinnati. The Steelers disputed Redman's claim and said they followed proper league protocol regarding head injuries.
Redman, the starting running back at the beginning of the season, has been inactive for the past two games.
Ray Fittipaldo: email@example.com and twitter @rayfitt1. First Published October 17, 2013 10:33 AM