Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones was taken to a nearby hospital Saturday night to seek treatment. The injury had worried fans and teammates alike as he spent the night in the hospital. Rest assured it was a minor injury, apparently Jones just had the wind knocked of him.
“I got tackled from behind, fell on the ball, dude fell on me, knocked the air out of me,” Jones said. “I don’t know how many fell on top of me.”
Let the locker room teasing commence.
“He’s just going to hear from a lot of guys about how soft he is,” inside linebacker Larry Foote said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Foote didn’t know the injury was that serious until he saw it on TV later that night that Jones had been transported to a hospital.
“It kind of scared me when I saw [the news] going across the TV. But I texted him, and he told me he was fine. I told him they don’t make them how they used to make them.”
Jones says that it wasn’t his decision to go to the hospital.
“Our staff just wanted to get it checked and make sure that we didn’t do damage,” Jones said.
Injuries are part of the NFL experience.
“It’s the game of football,” Jarvis Jones explained. “People don’t understand. They think you can just play football and just have long careers without getting nicks and that. But that doesn’t happen. Things are going to happen if you play this game long enough.
“It can happen early on, it can happen in the middle of your career or the end. You never know when it’s going to happen. When it does, you have to do the right thing, take care of your body and get back out there as soon as possible.”