Despite returning to believe successful a constricted capacity Tuesday and Wednesday while recovering from an ankle wounded that required tightrope room 2 weeks ago, Pittsburgh Steelers’ second-year backmost Kenny Pickett was ruled retired Thursday by Steelers’ caput coach Mike Tomlin, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Brooke Pryor conscionable a short clip ago.
Backup backmost Mason Rudolph, who was elevated into nan No. 2 QB domiciled down Pickett aft leaping complete Mitch Trubisky this week, will get nan commencement against nan Bengals.
Kenny Pickett is OUT vs. Bengals, Mike Tomlin says.
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 21, 2023
It will beryllium Rudolph’s first commencement since nan 2021 16-16 necktie against nan Detroit Lions astatine then-Heinz Field. Rudolph took complete for Trubisky past week against nan Indianapolis Colts successful nan 4th quarter. Tomlin stated Monday that Rudolph would beryllium nan “guy pinch nan ball” Saturday against nan Bengals if Pickett couldn’t return.
Now, it’s official. Rudolph will guideline nan Steelers 2 days earlier Christmas. Fitting.