PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – The bye week fell at a good time for the Steelers who were able to use the extra time off to rest and bring back five injured players.
Ike Taylor, Ryan Shazier, Troy Polamalu, Shamarko Thomas and Jarvis Jones all returned to practice on Monday.
For Jones, the 2013 first-round draft pick, this was his first practice since dislocating his right wrist against the Panthers on September 21. The injury required surgery and kept Jones off of the field and watching from the sideline for all but 3 games this season.
The outside linebacker was anxious to get back on the field with his teammates.
"I was so nervous, I felt like my whole body was just tensing up but it was a great day," Jones said. "I stayed up last night and I was just ready to get out there and play some football and get back out there with those guys, being in here and watching from the side line it ain't fun at all."
He said he felt good at practice and got in a lot of reps. For now Jones is wearing a cast with extra padding to protect his arm and to protect his teammates from the cast during practice. His doctors are working on a fitted cast for him to try after the next few days.
"I knew it was going to be sore so I just got to continue to ice it and continue to rehab it and hopefully Wednesday I get to see what it really feels like when we get on pads and stuff so I can punch, do some real movements and be a little bit more physical," Jones said.
The Steelers have been dealing with a lot of injuries this season including Ike Taylor who also injured his arm against the Panthers. Taylor has been practicing on a limited basis but was able to practice fully for the first time today. Jones said it's a a wonderful feeling to have everybody back at practice.
"It's unbelievable, I think we've got a great group here and it's the perfect time it's December," Jones said. "It's the run that we need everybody for and it's a blessing to have everybody back."
The Steelers have a three-week window for Jones to practice before they have to place him on the 53-man roster.
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