PITTSBURGH — Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Chandler Jones has been ruled out with an elbow injury for the rest of Saturday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jones went down with the ailment after Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett connected with fellow rookie George Pickens for a 25-yard gain on third-and-five. Pickett threw an interception two plays later, but Pittsburgh got the ball back a play later on a pick of their own.
Before exiting the contest, Jones totaled three tackles, two of which were assisted. He has 35 tackles in all this go-round, including 4.5 sacks and three passes defended. The Raiders also field Maxx Crosby, Clelin Farrell, and Jerry Tillery as bookends on the defensive front. That trio has combined for six takedowns on the night.
A first-round choice in the 2012 NFL Draft, Chandler Jones is still regarded as one of the most talented defensive linemen in the sport, as evidenced by the pivotal play he made against New England last week. With no time left on the clock, the game tied, and the Patriots trying to pull a rabbit out of their hat, Jones got in front of a Jakobi Myers lateral and stiff-armed Mac Jones to the ground.
Down by a touchdown with a quarter and change to go, the Steelers will look to take advantage of a sizable absence on the visitors’ unit. On a night that also featured the jersey retirement of late Steelers legend Franco Harris, Pittsburgh would love a win in chilly temperatures.