The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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August 25, 2013

STEELERS NOTEBOOK| LaRod optimistic, but frustrated by injury

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Not so special: Pittsburgh’s special teams continued to struggle. Shaun Suisham had a 52-yard field goal attempt blocked and Kansas City’s Knile Davis returned a kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown. New special teams coach Danny Smith has seen his unit give up a blocked punt in the preseason opener against the New York Giants and have limited success in the return game.

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Back-ing up: Rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones got more playing time with the first-team defense on Saturday night. Fourth-year man Jason Worilds, who is looking to take over the right outside linebacker spot left open by the departure of James Harrison, got the start, but quickly gave way to Jones.

The first-round pick has looked solid this season and played on the right side for a few possessions before getting some time on the left side by spelling starter LaMarr Woodley there.

Jones had a fourth-quarter interception wiped out by a pass interference penalty on Josh Victorian.

Jones was injured on the play but left the field under his own power. The Steelers reported that he had a chest injury and was questionable to return. He did not play in the closing minutes or overtime.

“Jarvis Jones is being evaluated with an upper body injury as we speak,” Tomlin said in his postgame press conference.

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Just for kicks: The Steelers punting battle could go to the final week of the preseason. Brian Moorman handled the punting duties in the first half, with two attempts for a 36-yard average. One of those was downed inside the 20. Drew Butler had three punts in the second half with a 49-yard average – including one that went for 53 and two inside the 20.

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