Jones (coach's decision) will serve as the Steelers' starting quarterback Sunday against the Browns. With the heavily favored Patriots expected to clinch the No. 1 seed with a victory over the Jets in Week 17, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin will use the regular-season finale to rest several key regulars. That includes Ben Roethlisberger, who will be replaced by Jones in what marks the former Oklahoma standout's fifth career NFL start. With a 59.9 percent completion rate and 7:6 TD:INT ratio for his career, Jones doesn't profile as a particularly appealing fantasy option, especially with the team's top two pass catchers, wideout Antonio Brown (lower leg) and running back Le'Veon Bell (coach's decision), both inactive.
Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert said Thursday that Jones will serve as the Steelers' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Browns, Tim Benz of TribLive.com reports. "Ben [Roethlisberger isn't] there [Sunday], so [Cleveland will] get a little taste of Landry Jones. So we don't know what to expect from them. We'll have Landry Jones in there." Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has yet to confirm that Jones will start in place of Roethlisberger. Though the Steelers have secured a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs, they could still claim home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a win and a Patriots loss to the Jets in Week 17. With New England a heavy favorite in their game, however, it appears the Steelers may already be conceding a Patriots victory and will instead turn their attention to resting key players Sunday, if Gilbert's comments are to be believed. Jones was evasive when asked if he would start against the Browns, telling Benz that it was a "coach's decision." More information on the status of Roethlisberger should be known no later than shortly after inactives are released about 90 minutes before the Sunday's 1 p.m. EST kickoff, in the event Tomlin declines to comment on the matter beforehand. In spot action across his five seasons in the league, Jones has completed 59.9 percent of his passes and has a 7:6 TD:INT ratio, numbers that won't necessarily make him attractive fantasy dart if he does in fact receive the start. Jones' upside would be further limited without the Steelers' top two playmakers in Le'Veon Bell -- who Gilbert also said would sit out Sunday -- and Antonio Brown (lower leg) flanking him.
Jones (abdomen) is expected to play in his first preseason game Saturday against the Colts, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Coach Mike Tomlin said that this is a big week for Jones, who has been battling an abdominal injury for nearly a month. With his return to health, Jones is on track to serve as the primary backup to starter Ben Roethlisberger in the coming season.
Jones (abdomen) practiced Wednesday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Jones has been plagued with the abdomen issue for little over two weeks now. It seems like he's closing in on a return to full health, but we should garner a better understanding of his progress by how he holds up in practice over the next week or so. Jones is expected to be Pittsburgh's backup quarterback for the season opener.
Jones (abdomen) is unlikely to play in Friday's preseason game against the Giants, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Sidelined for more than a week due to an abdominal injury, Jones has since been joined by Ben Roethlisberger (ankle). With both quarterbacks on the pine Friday, the Steelers are expected to turn to rookie QB Josh Dobbs under center from the first offensive possession. In the regular season, though, Jones will be called upon in the event Roethlisberger misses any time.
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