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Steelers preparing as if Landry Jones will start at quarterback in week seven

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The Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback situation through the first six weeks of the NFL season has been nothing if not dramatic.

The AFC North franchise began the campaign in the safe hands of Ben Roethlisberger, only for the veteran QB to go down with an injury in week three. The subsequent three games saw Michael Vick get the start, but Sunday's game vs the Arizona Cardinals ended with Landry Jones under center after the controversial left-hander picked up a hamstring injury.

Changes

And now, with Vick still a doubt and Jones having impressed in his cameo appearance, it looks like Pittsburgh are preparing for their third different starting quarterback of the season as we approach week seven.

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Head coach Mike Tomlin, speaking via NFL.com's Dan Hanzus, revealed that the safest option is to prepare this week with Jones as the team's lead QB.

"It's safe to prepare as if Landry Jones is our quarterback this week...He's healthy," said Tomlin.

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With Vick still nursing a "tiny tear" in his hamstring, and Big Ben still believed to be a week away from full fitness after an MCL sprain, this is certainly the option that presents the fewest complications.

Deserved

But that may be doing Jones a disservice. The third-string quarterback impressed when given his first taste of NFL action over the weekend, and could legitimately have taken the starting job from Vick had the latter been 100-percent healthy.

Entering the game in the third quarter, Jones threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Steelers to a 25-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals in week six. Vick, on the other hand, managed just six yards on three completed passes.

It remains to be seen whether Pittsburgh's preparations turn into a start for Jones, but he has certainly put himself in the equation.

Steelers fans: Would you start Vick or Jones in week seven? Have your say in the comments below...

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