Kenny Pickett injury: What happened to Steelers QB and when will he play next?

Mitch Trubisky, who replaced Kenny Pickett in the Sunday game against Arizona, will continue at his position as starting QB.


Kenny Pickett injury: What happened to Steelers QB and when will he play next?

Kenny Picket (Via Imago)

Pittsburgh Steelers, with the standing of 7-5 in the AFC North, have encountered an upsetting news as they entered the week 13. Quarterback Kenny Pickett underwent a surgical procedure to heal his high-ankle sprain on Monday morning. Due to this, he has been declared out for the Thursday game against the New England Patriots, which could extend longer.

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While addressing the media, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin shared that the quarterback is expected to miss multiple weeks due to the severe injury that he sustained during the 24-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Picketts’ injury has come for sure at the wrong time for the Steelers, especially when they are racing for the NFL playoffs. Currently, they own one of the three Wild Card spots in the AFC Conference. And if they want to make a postseason appearance, they would need to have a strong finish, which means they’d need to defeat the next four teams — Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, and Seattle Seahawks.

In Pickets’ absence, Pittsburgh has decided to sign quarterback Trace McSorley to the practice squad, as reported by ESPN. Meanwhile, Mitch Trubisky, who replaced Pickett in the Sunday game against Arizona, will continue at his position as starting QB. He completed 11 out of his 17 passes for 117 yards along with a touchdown pass on Sunday.

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How did Kenny Pickett sustained his serious ankle injury?

When Pickett sprinted and dove toward the endzone, in the game against the Cardinals, he fell short of a touchdown as he was awkwardly tackled by the opponent.

Kenny Pickett injury
Kenny Pickett injury (Via Pittsburgh Post)

Immediately after that, the quarterback was taken to the sideline by the Steelers’ medical staff, who examined him there. As the QB was spotted crawling, it suggested that he had suffered an ankle injury that took him out of the game. By half-time, his return remained uncertain, as the medical staff escorted him to the locker room to examine the situation properly.

Interestingly, the second half of the game got delayed due to harsh weather that gave the Steelers extra time to decide whether Pickett would return or not. After the halftime break, the team officially announced that the quarterback had sustained a serious ankle injury and would not be returning for the remaining game.

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