Ben Roethlisberger took the other 15 percent and looked good enough to play, according to a source, and that may be the reason coach Mike Tomlin has yet to decide whether the veteran starter or untested Tyler Murphy will be the backup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Roethlisberger has missed the last three games with a sprained MCL and bone bruise to his left knee. He would have to wear a knee brace, something he’s never done in an NFL game.
If Roethlisberger fails to play, it will mark the first time in his career he’s missed four consecutive games because of injury.
The Steelers’ quarterback situation is further complicated because backup Michael Vick is out with a hamstring injury. Murphy took scout team reps this week and was promoted from the practice squad Saturday to provide Tomlin options if he decided against having Roethlisberger active.
Jones passed for 168 yards and two touchdowns last Sunday in relief of Vick to rally the Steelers past the Arizona Cardinals.