Former Georgia star Jarvis Jones OK after chest injury

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Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones spent the weekend in the hospital after falling on top of a ball in a game.   DON WRIGHT/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones spent the weekend in the hospital after falling on top of a ball in a game.

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones says he’s fine after spending time in a hospital over the weekend with a bruised chest.

The former Georgia star says he fell on the football while being tackled after making an interception in last Saturday’s game against Kansas City. Jones says the wind was knocked out of him on the play. He was sent to the hospital as a precaution before being discharged on Sunday.

Jones says it’s too early to tell if he’ll be available to play in the preseason finale against Carolina.

BILLS: Passed over in the NFL Draft in April, quarterback Jeff Tuel settled on signing with Buffalo a few days later with the sole objective of cracking the team’s roster.

As of Monday, the rookie out of Washington State is in line to start in the Bills’ season opener against New England on Sept. 8.

Veteran Kevin Kolb is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion – the third of his seven-year career – in a 30-7 loss to Washington on Saturday. Then there’s rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel, who is still recovering from a left knee injury he hurt in a 20-16 win over Minnesota a week earlier.

SAINTS: Outside linebacker Will Smith, one of the team’s top pass-rushers during the past nine seasons, has a knee injury that will sideline him for the 2013 season.

GIANTS: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was taken off the physically unable to perform list Monday and returned to the practice. It’s uncertain whether Pierre-Paul, who had disk surgery in June, will be ready for the season opener against Dallas.

JETS: Coach Rex Ryan says there is “no timetable” for announcing the starting quaterback.

Mark Sanchez is injured and rookie Geno Smith did not look sharp in the team’s third preseason game.

VIKINGS: Defensive tackle Kevin Williams has a hyperextended right knee but no ligament damage.

Coach Leslie Frazier said Monday that an MRI on Williams also revealed a “significant” bone bruise as well as a strained posterior capsule, the thick structure that surrounds the knee.

CHIEFS: Lost tight end Tony Moeaki to a shoulder fracture. It is uncertain how much time he will miss.

REDSKINS: Donte Stallworth was cut Monday, thwarting the veteran receiver’s comeback.

Stallworth was hindered through most of training camp by a hamstring injury. He caught two passes for 33 yards in preseason games.


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