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Report: Steelers QB Kenny Pickett expected to play Week 17

The Steelers quarterback returned to practice this week.

Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass during the second quarter in the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Acrisure Stadium on December 03, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Steelers might be getting their starting quarterback back next week.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported today on NFL Network that quarterback Kenny Pickett is expected to play next week after undergoing tightrope surgery on his ankle. Pickett hasn’t played since he injured it against the Cardinals in Week 13.

You can view the report, as well as an animation of Pickett’s surgery, below:

Pickett practiced with the Steelers this week as a limited participant even though he was ruled out of today’s game against the Bengals.

Although Pickett has struggled this season, getting him back in the lineup next week would be a boost for a Pittsburgh offense that has looked even worse with Mitch Trubisky under center. The Steelers have turned to third-string quarterback Mason Rudolph to lead their offense against the Bengals in Week 16 in a last-ditch attempt to stay in the playoff race.