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Steelers injury report: Minkah Fitzpatrick and Trenton Thompson ruled out, Kenny Pickett questionable for Week 17

We break down the Steelers final injury report ahead of Week 17.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at Acrisure Stadium.  Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers will head on the road to take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week 17, with both teams looking to make their final playoff pushes. Both teams sit at 8-7 in their respective conferences.

Steelers final participation/injury report, Week 17

Game Status:

  • No. 8 QB Kenny Pickett (Ankle) - Questionable
  • No. 17 S Trenton Thompson (Neck) - Out
  • No. 39 S Minkah Fitzpatrick (Knee) - Out
  • No. 50 LB Elandon Roberts (Pectoral) - Out

Practice statuses for Friday, December 29:

  • No. 8 QB Kenny Pickett (Ankle) - Limited
  • No. 17 S Trenton Thompson (Neck) - DNP
  • No. 22 RB Najee Harris (Knee) - Full
  • No. 39 S Minkah Fitzpatrick (Knee) - DNP
  • No. 50 LB Elandon Roberts (Pectoral) - DNP
  • No. 73 G Isaac Seumalo (Shoulder) - DNP

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed after practice that Mason Rudolph will start at quarterback. Quarterback Kenny Pickett, who is dealing with an ankle injury, is questionable for the game.

Linebacker Elandon Roberts won’t play after suffering a pectoral injury against the Bengals last week. In addition, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick will be again sidelined, ruled out, and miss his second straight game with a knee injury. Safety Trenton Thompson has also been ruled out.

With Fitzpatrick and Thompson out, Damontae Kazee suspended, and Keanu Neal on the Reserve/Injured List, it will be cornerback Patrick Peterson who is once again expected to step up and play safety.

While he is playing the position to help with injuries, it might be a spot he feels comfortable in down the road.

“We’ll see where it goes from here,” said Peterson. “I really did feel comfortable, felt great, made a couple of plays to help this defense be successful and ultimately help this team win the ballgame.