Kenny Pickett was providing a spark for the Steelers in Week 6 against the Buccaneers, but the team has already lost the first-round pick due to a concussion. Midway in the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s Week 6 game, Pickett was hit hard by Buccaneers defender Devin White while throwing a ball. Even though he completed the pass, he was hurt in the process.
The rookie left the field without assistance. After taking a significant hit, though, he headed to the blue medical tent and then the locker room. The Steelers later revealed that Pickett had had a concussion and would not return to the game.
Before leaving the field, Pickett had thrown 11 of 18 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. The first career touchdown pass goes to youngster Najee Harris.
It was decided to switch out Pickett with Mitch Trubisky. Before Pickett took over for him at halfway through Week 4’s game against the Jets, he started the first four games of the season. Against the Buccaneers in Week 6, just two of the Steelers’ quarterbacks were active. These are what they were:
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Trubisky went 1-3 in his four starts for the Steelers, despite having a 30-24 record overall as a starter. The Steelers’ offense sputtered under his leadership, as he completed just 59.5 percent of his passes for 653 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in those games. Therefore, the offense may struggle to score points with Trubisky as the starting quarterback.
In the event of an injury to Mitchell Trubisky, the Steelers may be forced to improvise their offensive strategy due to a lack of clarity over who will take over at quarterback.
If Pickett’s concussion keeps him out for an extended period of time, third-string quarterback Mason Rudolph would replace him as Trubisky’s backup. With a 5-4-1 record in 10 career starts, Rudolph is inactive for Sunday’s game.
After starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was taken out of the game in Week 4’s loss to the New York Jets, backup quarterback Ryan Pickett got his first NFL action. In the 24-20 loss, he threw three interceptions and completed 10 of 13 passes for 120 yards. Pickett attempted to pass for the first time in his career, but Jordan Whitehead picked off a deep ball he fired to Chase Claypool.
Pickett scored his first NFL touchdown on his second drive, a scramble into the end zone. Head coach Mike Tomlin put Pickett in the starting lineup on October 4, 2022. Pickett completed 34 of 51 passes for 327 yards and an interception in his first career start against the Buffalo Bills, which resulted in a 38-3 loss. Pickett left the game in the third quarter of Week 6’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and it was later discovered that he had suffered a concussion.