In light of Pickett not being able to play, Mason Rudolph will get his first start since the 2021 season against the Detroit Lions when he filled in for Ben Roethlisberger after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Kenny Pickett is OUT vs. Bengals, Mike Tomlin says.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 21, 2023
It will be Rudolph’s 11th career start and 19th career appearance in an NFL game. He relived Mitch Trubisky late in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts after Trubisky threw his second interception of the game.
After three straight losses, the Steelers currently hold the No. 10 seed in the AFC, and their playoff chances are miniscule. They would almost certainly need to win out, as well as get some help from around the league to drop teams like the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, and Houston Texans down the standings with a few losses.