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Steelers place Cortez Allen on injured reserve, activate Jarvis Jones

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Jones can be expected to play a decent amount of snaps on Sunday in wake of the injury to James Harrison, and to make room for him the Steelers ended the season of cornerback Cortez Allen.

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The Steelers needed to make a move on Saturday in order to get outside linebacker Jarvis Jones back on the active roster.

They did, just not necessarily what was expected.

To make room for Jones, the Steelers placed cornerback Cortez Allen on injured reserve with a broken and surgically repaired thumb, ending a disastrous season for the fourth-year cornerback. Allen was given a $25 million extension this off-season and played poorly in nearly all of the Steelers games in which he was active this year.

Jones injured his wrist in the Steelers' Week 3 win over the Carolina Panthers. He hurt it registering a sack and a forced fumble on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. It was the Steelers' first takeaway of the 2014 season and Jones' second sack of the year.

James Harrison is listed as doubtful, meaning he's unlikely to play against the Bengals, the team he played for last season before his return to the Steelers. Arthur Moats and Jason Worilds are the other two outside linebackers, but Moats has only been used sparingly, suggesting Jones may start and play essentially the whole game against the Cincinnati Bengals.