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Kenny Pickett ‘for sure’ playing Thursday

The Steelers’ quarterback says he is playing

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett says he will be playing Thursday against the Tennessee Titans.

Coach Mike Tomlin was a little bit more coy, saying Pickett would be a “game-time type of decision.”

Pickett suffered a rib injury in Week 8 against the Jaguars in the final minute of the first half. He came back to the sideline with his helmet on, but Mitch Trubisky finished the game, throwing for 138 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.

Injuries have frequently popped up for the Steelers’ signal-caller, though he hasn’t missed many whole games. Pickett missed one game in 2022, leaving a December contest against the Baltimore Ravens with a concussion after throwing one pass and missing the next week vs. the Carolina Panthers. It was the second concussion of the season for the first-year player, who left a Week 6 game but was able to return the following week. In 2023, Pickett left the Week 4 game against the Texans with a knee injury but was back in Week 5.

The Titans are coming off a win over the Falcons after an impressive debut from rookie quarterback Will Levis, who became just the third quarterback in NFL history to throw four touchdowns in their debut.