Jaguars rule out WR Zay Jones for Sunday's game at Steelers because of lingering knee injury

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) catches the ball during an NFL football game between Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Ian Walton) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Zay Jones won't play at Pittsburgh on Sunday because of a lingering right knee injury.

Coach Doug Pederson ruled Jones out Friday, saying he will miss his fifth game in six weeks. Since the Jaguars (5-2) have a bye after facing the Steelers, Jones will have extra time to get healthy before the team's Nov. 12 game against the 49ers.

“We’ll see where he’s at after (the bye)," Pederson said.

Jones has eight catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns this season. He injured his knee against Kansas City in Week 2 and missed the next two games. He returned against Buffalo in London and caught three passes for 23 yards and a score before re-injuring his knee. He hasn't played since.

Without Jones on the field as Jacksonville's No. 3 receiver, defenses have been able to pay more attention to Calvin Ridley. Ridley has been held to 40 yards receiving or less in the five games Jones has been out or injured.