Pittsburgh Steelers backmost Kenny Pickett is retired for Saturday’s crippled against nan Cincinnati Bengals arsenic he continues to woody pinch an ankle injury, coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday. Mason Rudolph will make his first commencement for nan Steelers since Nov. 14, 2021, a crippled that ended successful a 16-16 necktie against nan Detroit Lions. Mitch Trubisky will beryllium nan backup QB.
Tomlin said Monday that he’d support nan “door ajar” for Pickett, who has not played since injuring his ankle connected Dec. 3. While Pickett was a constricted subordinate for nan first clip since his surgery, he’s not yet fresh for crippled action.
Trubisky started against nan Indianapolis Colts connected Saturday, but was benched for Rudolph astatine nan extremity of nan 30-13 loss.
The Steelers (7-7) mislaid some of Trubisky’s starts and person dropped 4 of their past five. The skid has Pittsburgh a crippled down Cincinnati and Indianapolis for nan last wild-card spots successful nan AFC.
Rudolph has spent his full NFL profession pinch nan Steelers aft being selected by Pittsburgh successful nan 3rd information of nan 2018 NFL Draft. He has started 10 games and owns a 5-4-1 grounds while completing 61.5 percent of his passes for 2,369 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Eight of Rudolph’s 10 starts came successful 2019.
What tin nan Steelers expect from Mason Rudolph?
It’s easy to look astatine this business and think: We’ve seen this movie before. Back successful 2019, Ben Roethlisberger’s season-ending elbow wounded thrust Rudolph into nan starting role. He went 5-3 arsenic a starter, but ultimately, ended up losing nan occupation to Devlin “Duck” Hodges. In nan years since, he’s tumbled down nan extent chart, relegated to third-string.
Given nan existent authorities of nan Steelers offense, which has been floundering for nan amended portion of 3 seasons, there’s small logic to judge Rudolph will abruptly travel successful and ray nan world connected fire. However, if he tin astatine slightest protect nan shot amended than Trubisky, who has thrown 5 interceptions to 4 touchdowns this year, Rudolph will astatine slightest springiness nan Steelers a changeable to support their postseason hopes live for 1 much week. — Mike DeFabo, Steelers hit writer
Why isn’t Pickett nan starter?
The measurement Pickett practiced passim nan week should supply immoderate optimism that he could beryllium fresh successful clip for adjacent weekend’s roadworthy crippled against nan Seattle Seahawks. The tightrope ankle room that Pickett underwent has helped respective players get backmost to action earlier than anticipated. Most famously, Tua Tagovailoa made 2 speedy recoveries from tightrope room while pinch nan Crimson Tide. In 2018, he sustained a near high-ankle sprain connected Dec. 1 and returned for a College Football Playoff crippled connected Dec. 29 to propulsion for 318 yards and 4 touchdowns successful a 45-34 triumph complete Oklahoma.
The pursuing season, aft having different tightrope process to reside a correct high-ankle sprain, he was jogging wrong 10 days and returned to crippled action successful conscionable 20. As it stands now, Pickett is 17 days retired from surgery. — DeFabo
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