The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without starting outside linebacker Jarvis Jones for at least the next eight weeks as the former first round draft pick has been placed on the injured reserve/designated for return list following surgery on his wrist.
Jones, who had 14 tackles and two sacks in three starts so far this season, suffered the wrist injury early in the third quarter of the Sunday game against the Carolina Panthers.
The earliest the Georgia product can return to game action is Sunday, November 30 against the New Orleans Saints.
With Jones now out, Arthur Moats will likely start at right outside linebacker moving forward. Moats was signed by the Steelers during the offseason as an unrestricted free agent after he spent the first four seasons of his career with the Buffalo Bills.
The Steelers now have one open spot on their 53 man roster to fill with Jones being placed on the designated for return list.
With the Steelers choosing the use the designated for return tag on Jones, that means cornerback Ike Taylor must either be carried on the 53 man roster or placed on the season-ending injured reserve list following him suffering a broken right forearm Sunday night against the Panthers. Taylor reportedly had surgery to repair the damage on Monday.