The Steelers have released Jones, ESPN.com reports.
Three fumbles on 15 returns for the Steelers, one for a turnover, led to his release, though we suppose that Jones could still catch on elsewhere as a depth wideout/return option for a playoff-bound team.
Jones has been removed as the Steelers' primary return man, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Jones entered Sunday's game against the Colts as both the Steelers' kick returner and punt returner, but he lost both jobs after fumbling twice in the contest. With Jones demoted, Antonio Brown will be the Steelers' punt returner, and Markus Wheaton will handle kickoff returns.
Jones was benched after fumbling two first-half kick returns in Pittsburgh's win over Indianapolis on Sunday.
Signed last month off waivers from San Diego, Jones finished with just 19 total return yards and one lost fumble. In four game with the Steelers, Jones has averaged 24.4 yards per kick return and 3.2 yards per punt return. His roster spot may be in jeopardy, especially after Antonio Brown, who took over for Jones, returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown.
The Steelers have claimed Jones on waivers from the Chargers.
While Jones seems unlikely to make a big impact in the Steelers' passing game, his addition will bolster the team's punt and kick return units.
The Chargers released Jones on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
After agreeing to a two-year deal at the outset of free agency in March, the Jacoby-Jones-in-San-Diego experiment didn't go as planned, to say the least. While failing to be targeted even once, his handful of excursions as a returner yielded few positive results (five punt returns for minus-four yards, but nine kick returns for 193 yards). With Jones out of the picture, the Chargers could turn to Javontee Herndon in the return game.
Through the first half of the season, Jones has failed to breathe any life into the Chargers return game, which is historically bad at this stage, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Jones returned one punt on Sunday at Baltimore, and he collided with a teammate for a 2-yard loss. The Chargers unbelievably have just one punt-return yard this season through eight games. That trails only the 1972 Patriots for the worst in NFL history after half of a season. In fairness to Jones, he has dealt with an ankle injury for better part of this season, but he was brought in on a two-year $5.5 million contract specifically to address San Diego's woeful return game, and he has quite obviously not done the job. With eight games to go, and the Chargers season pretty much over at 2-6, it seems unlikely that Jones will make it to the second year of that deal.
Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) is listed as active for Monday's game against the Steelers.
His return arrives at a good time for the Chargers, with fellow wideout Stevie Johnson out Monday, though Jones is likely to make most of his initial impact in the team's return game.
Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Steelers.
Jones has not played since injuring his ankle in Week 1, but he will have a chance to return to action Monday after getting in some work at practice during the week. If Jones plays he figures to work as either the Chargers' third or fourth receiver with Steve Johnson (hamstring) sidelined.
Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) practiced in a limited fashion Friday.
While Jones' status for Monday night's game against the Steelers is uncertain, his potential return arrives at a good time, given that fellow wideout Stevie Johnson is dealing with a hamstring injury.
Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) did not practice Thursday.
Jones continues to remain in the iffy category as the Monday night game against the Steelers approaches.
Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday against visiting Cleveland.
While Jones is not a big part of the passing attack, his continued absence represents a hit to the team's return game.
Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.
While Jones is not a big part of the Chargers' offense, his continued absence is a hit to the team's return game.
Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) won't play Sunday against the Vikings, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Jones, who suffered an ankle injury in Week 1, missed last week's game as well as every practice this week, which clouds his status for Week 4's contest against the Browns.
Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.
With Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd and Stevie Johnson also in the Chargers' wideout mix, Jones' Week 3 status is of more import to the team's return game than it is to fantasy owners.
Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) is officially inactive for the game Sunday at Cincinnati.
His absence will impact the return game more than it does the offense. It means that Keenan Allen will likely return punts and Branden Oliver should handle kickoff returns.
Chargers backup wideout Jacoby Jones (ankle) is doubtful for the game Sunday against Cincinnati.
With Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd and Stevie Johnson ahead of him on the depth chart, his absence in Week 2 will be felt mostly in the return game.
Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jones' Week 2 status is uncertain after suffering what is believed to be a minor ankle sprain in the Chargers' Week 1 win over the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Should Jones miss any time, Branden Oliver and Keenan Allen are likely next in line to take over kickoff and punt return duties. Dontrelle Inman could also step up as San Diego's fourth receiver, behind Allen, Malcom Floyd, and Stevie Johnson. Jones' status will continue to be monitored, but it's unlikely to cause much of a Fantasy impact.
Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jones left his team's Week 1 game against the Lions with an ankle injury, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Jones is questionable to return to the game. He returned one kickoff for 24 yards before leaving the game.
Former Ravens wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones has signed a two-year deal with the Chargers, according to the team's official website. He will make up to $5.5 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
Jones, 30, was released by the Ravens last week before he visited the Bengals, Titans and Chargers. He made several key plays during the Ravens' second championship run, including two touchdowns in Super Bowl XLVII. His 70-yard touchdown grab in the divisional round against Denver helped force overtime. Baltimore eventually won that game, 38-35, en route to Super Bowl XLVII.
Jones had nine receptions for 131 yards and six first downs in 2014, but averaged 30 yards per kick return. He has returned five kickoffs and four punts for touchdowns in his career.
Free agent wide receiver Jacoby Jones is scheduled to visit with the Chargers Thursday, according to U-T San Diego.
Jones, who was cut by the Ravens last week, has also visited with the Bengals and Titans. Jones had nine receptions for 131 yards and six first downs in 2014, but averaged 30 yards per kick return.