The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for their rivalry game on Sunday afternoon against the Baltimore Ravens as they search for their second win of the season, but they may need to do so without their first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Jarvis Jones.
Jones was diagnosed with a concussion earlier this week after going to the team’s medical staff with concussion-like symptoms.
Now, the rookie is danger of missing the rivalry game unless he can get clearance from an independent neurologist in advance of Sunday’s meeting.
If the Steelers don’t have the services of their starting linebacker against the Ravens, then they will turn to Jason Worilds to step up in the starting role.
The good news for Pittsburgh is that Worilds is the better player against the run.
The bad news is that the Ravens rushing attack is among the worst in the league, so it will be up to Joe Flacco to beat the Steelers with his arm. That is where Jones would have helped.
Jones has been able to consistently get pressure against opposing quarterbacks and he could have helped LaMarr Woodley get pressure on Flacco on Sunday afternoon. Now, the Steelers will need to play the waiting game to see if Jones will be cleared.