A tough day for the Pittsburgh Steelers got tougher when they learned they’ll be without quarterback Kenny Pickett for the next few weeks.
Pickett ran the ball on third down attempting to score and dove at the goal line when he got hit. He remained down and tried to get up, but went down on one knee to regroup. Pickett walked off the field and went into the blue medical tent and eventually the locker room before being ruled out with ankle injury.
The ankle injury is expected to keep him out “a couple of weeks,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
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The Steelers have a short week with the New England Patriots on deck for “Thursday Night Football.” They’re expected to start veteran Mitch Trubisky in Pickett’s place.
Trubisky replaced Pickett in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals and went 11-of 17-for 117 yards with a touchdown. Pickett, meanwhile, was 7-of-10 for 70 yards before the injury.
While the Patriots don’t have much to play for the rest of the season other than a high draft pick in 2024, Thursday is a crucial game for the 7-5 Steelers. They need a win to remain in playoff contention in the AFC. After Sunday’s loss, they were fifth in the AFC and hold a wild-card spot.
Aside from Pickett, Minkah Fitzpatrick also suffered an injury. The safety broke his hand but got it casted and played through it. He told reporters he’ll be good to go Thursday, but it’s unclear how his injury will impact his play on the field.