Steelers OTAs: Rookie Jarvis Jones working through hamstring injury

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Jones initially injured his hamstring at his Pro Day, and tweaked it again at the Steelers rookie minicamp in May. He's working through it as the Steelers conclude their first round of OTAs Thursday.

Much ado was made of Jarvis Jones' 4.9 40-yard dash time at his Pro Day in March. An apparent hamstring injury was the main culprit. While that time didn't prevent the Steelers from taking Jones with the 17th overall pick, the injury responsible for it is holding him back in the first OTAs session of this offseason.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday it wasn't preventing him from practicing, but Mark Kaboly of the Tribune Review wrote in Thursday's edition Jones was limited in the first two practices held this week. Jones admitted the injury and said it's been aggravated in both the OTAs and in rookie camp.

"I kind of tweaked it in rookie camp," he said. "I think it started when I tripped running my 40 at pro day. Everything is good, and I am going to continue to work and grind."

Hamstring injuries linger, as it appears Jones can now attest to. The muscle group is responsible for push-off and explosive power, meaning it is heavily involved in most football-related movement. While it isn't something that should be a major concern over Jones' rookie season - he has plenty of time to take care of it before training camp begins in late July - it is something to monitor.

Just ask LaMarr Woodley. His dominant 2011 season was cut short due to a hamstring injury after notching nine sacks in 7.5 games.

The Steelers wrap up OTAs Thursday in Pittsburgh. The second of three sets of OTAs begins May 28.

For all Steelers OTA news, check out the OTA Hub on Behind The Steel Curtain


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