Mike Tomlin: Landry Jones the presumed starter because he’s ‘healthy’
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said at this point the team will prepare for next week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs working under the assumption that Landry Jones, not Ben Roethlisberger, will be the starting quarterback as “he’s the one that’s healthy.”
Roethlisberger by no means isn’t precluded from getting the nod should he recover well enough from a sprained MCL and bone bruise in his left knee suffered in a game against the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 27. But for now, Jones is the presumed starter.
“We’ll build a comprehensive plan around Landry,” Tomlin said Tuesday, via ESPN. “Who is the backup quarterback? I don’t know. … I’m more concerned about getting Landry ready.”
As noted by Tomlin, the Steelers are also dealing with a hamstring injury suffered by an ineffective Michael Vick in Sunday’s game, one that opened the door to Jones and his capable two-touchdown performance while leading the team to a 25-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Roethlisberger, meanwhile, after participating in 7-on-7 drills last week, indicated he intends to practice Wednesday and see how things go from there.
“We’re going to tape it and brace it and I’m going to see what I can do,” he said. “My plan is to go out Wednesday and practice. We’ll see what happens. I know I’ve got to be smart about it. I’ve got to be able to defend myself. We’re just going to take it day by day.”
Roethlisberger previously refuted reports he was targeting a Week 7 return, but the fact that he apparently feels well enough to fully practice this week certainly makes it seem as if he’s going to try and play Sunday.
But until he’s cleared, it looks like Tomlin and company intent to prepare as if Jones will be under center come Sunday.