The Pittsburgh Steelers claimed kick returner Jacoby Jones off waivers from the San Diego Chargers on Thursday but according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he has yet to make in town.
While Jones is reportedly en route to Pittsburgh, he has missed the team’s Friday practice and thus his status for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders is now probably in question. He will now likely be added to the team’s injury report with the not injury related designation.
Jacoby Jones in en route to Pittsburgh. He did not make it to practice today.
— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) November 6, 2015
If Jones does not dress on Sunday, the Steelers will likely have to use running back Jordan Todman, wide receiver Markus Wheaton or wide receiver Antonio Brown as their kickoff returner. Wheaton, however, has been limited this week in practice due to an ankle injury.
Jones was waived by the Chargers late on Tuesday and after the league trade deadline. In order to make room for him on the Steelers 53-man roster, former third-round draft pick Dri Archer was waived. Archer had been the team’s primary kickoff returner in the Steelers first eight games of the season.
UPDATED: Come to find out, Jones did arrive this morning and went through the normal medical protocol. He did, however, miss the team’s Friday practice.
Clarification on new Steeler Jacoby Jones:
He IS *here*;just did not practice. Got in this morning, went through the normal medical protocol
— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) November 6, 2015