Throughout the Week 10 game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, details can be lost in the 30-9 mayhem which ensued at Heinz Field. One of those details was the injured ankle of quarterback Landry Jones which gave way to Ben Roethlisberger, who came off the bench and threw for over 370 yards and 3 touchdowns.
In the game, Jones left the field on a cart, and returned with his ankle heavily wrapped but unable to return to the field. It was later reported Jones would have a MRI on his ankle to ensure he is doesn't need to miss a significant amount of time, even after the team's Week 11 bye week.
With the bye week now in the rear view mirror, Jones is back and ready to resume his backup role behind Ben Roethlisberger. Not only does Jones return to the lineup, but he keeps his No. 2 spot on the team's quarterback depth chart, leaving the healthy Mike Vick as the team's No. 3 quarterback.
It is difficult to believe, but no one would be saying how happy they would be to see Landry Jones be the primary backup quarterback going into Week 1 of the season. Jones, every fan's personal punching bag, has proven he is more than capable of coming off the bench and performing at a winning level.
His start against the Browns was just the second of his career, the first being the team's Week 7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium; however, the loss to the Chiefs was hardly the fault of Jones, but rather a team which failed to seize opportunities when they presented themselves.
Todd Haley, and Steelers fans everywhere, can rest a little easier knowing Jones will be the active quarterback behind Roethlisberger, as Vick has proven to be the inconsistent player everyone feared when he was signed midway through the 2015 preseason. With that said, the ultimate goal is for neither Jones or Vick to see the field for the duration of the team's final six games, or even the postseason. That would mean Roethlisberger hasn't suffered an injury, and that gives the Steelers the best chance to compete for the team's 7th Lombardi trophy.