Things looked bad for Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones. Strapped to a gurney still wearing his game pants an IV dripping into his arm he was rushed to a nearby hospital late Saturday night.

Final diagnosis: He had the wind knocked out of him nothing more. He spent the night in the hospital was back with the Steelers Monday and taking some good-natured verbal abuse from his teammates about it.

"He's just going to hear from a lot of guys about how soft he is" inside linebacker Larry Foote said.

Like most of his coaches and teammates Foote did not think Jones was seriously hurt until he turned on the television later and realized he was transported to the hospital.

"It kind of scared me when I saw [the news] going across the TV. But I texted him and he told me he was fine. I told him they don't make them how they used to make them."

Jones though has shown on the field he can be as tough as the next guy. The Steelers will hold him out of a game Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte N.C. but he has a chance to become the first rookie to nail down a starting job at outside linebacker since they moved to a 3-4 defense 31 years ago.

Jones had just intercepted a pass Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter again displaying his uncommon play-making ability and why the Steelers drafted him in the first round in April.