If he starts, Jones will be ready


While Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice on Wednesday in an effort to come back from an MCL sprain, and Mike Vick was held out with a hamstring injury, Landry Jones moved forward business as usual.

Jones is preparing in case he does start against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, and is also ready to do whatever is asked of him if either Roethlisberger or Vick get the start.

"I'm just getting myself prepared and ready to go, whether or not I start, or if somebody else goes in there and plays, Mike or Ben," said Jones. "I'm not sure what they're going to do yet. It definitely helps to get some snaps and prepare for the game.

"You never know what's going to happen once it gets to Sunday. Ben and Mike are both really competitive guys, so they're fighting to get back healthy."

Jones played in his first NFL game last week against the Arizona Cardinals, stepping in when Vick went out with a hamstring injury. This week he is getting more reps in practice, but said the preparation remains the same.

"I felt like I was prepared and ready to go last week and took advantage of what they gave me," said Jones. "I think this week, if I just keep plugging away and getting in the playbook and watching film, I should be ready to go.

"I'm just trying to get ready for Sunday. I'm preparing like I'm going to play, like I do every week, regardless if I'm the starter, or the third-string quarterback."

Having the potential to be the starter has changed things for Jones, though. The crowd of media around his locker has exploded this week, attention he hasn't been accustomed to as of late.

"It's fun," said Jones. "It's fun to get out there and get an opportunity, take advantage of it. It's just been a wild ride since Sunday. It's different, for sure, but it brings me back to my days at Oklahoma. Like I said, it's just an exciting opportunity.

"It's just been a whirlwind. I still haven't gotten to sit down and actually think about what's going on yet. I feel like that's a part of the National Football League. It's just on to the next week."

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