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Kaboly: Jarvis Jones and his trypanophobia


With only four days in between season-altering games on the road in Cleveland and then Baltimore, the Steelers must get their bodies right in a hurry.

Some choose the cold tub like linebacker Jason Worilds.

Others go down a different route like rookie first-round pick Jarvis Jones.

Despite his immense fear of needles (the medical term is trypanophobia), Jones has become a believer in acupuncture where he gets as many as 180 needles jammed into his various parts of his aching body on a weekly basis.

Teammate Ryan Clark turned Jones onto the procedure a few months back.

“I told her my body is sore so the first time she sort of stuck me all over,” Jones said. “I can deal with a little pain here and there but my main focus is where it is really painful.”

Jones says it works wonders and alleviates.

“You feel refreshed and you definitely feel the pressure is released,” Jones said. “Say your hamstring is tight so you get a couple needles there. The next day you will feel the release and I don’t even like needles. That’s why I cut it down from 180.”

The Steelers will become the first team to play two back-to-back road games on a short week when they travel to Baltimore for a Thanksgiving night game.

The Steelers and Ravens are 5-6 and are in the sixth and final playoff spot out of the AFC.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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