It’s really looking like Landry Jones will be the Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, judging by the comments made Tuesday by head coach Mike Tomlin during his weekly press conference.
“We’re just going to simply play it by ear,” said Tomlin. “I think that it’s prudent and appropriate right now that we proceed with the assumption that Landry is our quarterback this week. He is the one that’s healthy. The other guys have elements of questions regarding their health, so we’ll go day-by-day and look at their availability and effectiveness and obviously we’ll do what’s right with those guys. We’ll first lean on the medical experts in terms of their opinion about their availability and then we’ll look at their ability to protect themselves and their ability to perform, and we’ll let that be our guide.”
While Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to practice fully this week, the Steelers plan on building their game plan around Jones, who could potentially make his first career start Sunday against the Chiefs.
In addition to Roethlisberger still not being 100 percent, the same goes for veteran backup Mike Vick, who is currently dealing with a hamstring injury that suffered in Sunday’s win over the Cardinals.
Should the Steeelers not be able to get either of their injured quarterbacks ready by Sunday, Tomlin said the team will make other plans. He did say, however, that the team hasn’t brought any free agent quarterbacks in for workouts. So in other words, rookie undrafted free agent Tyler Murphy might be Jones’ backup against the Chiefs.