As Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes, sources have indicated he could be out for an “extended period” though the team has yet to confirm such reports.
Kenny Pickett’s injury is not good and he will be out for an extended period, per sources.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) December 4, 2023
If he is forced to miss time, Steelers HC Mike Tomlin confirmed that backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky would get the start in his place, saying, “We’ll roll with Mitch, if [Pickett] can’t play. But I don’t know where any of that is as I sit here today.”
Presumably, that means that Mason Rudolph — typically the team’s third emergency quarterback on gameday — would be backing him up.
In the second half of Sunday’s game, Trubisky went 11-of-17 for 117 yards and a touchdown.
However, while Trubisky has been called upon intermittently as Pickett sustained bumps and bruises, this would mark the first time since the start of the 2022 season that he would start for any extended period. He went 2-3 over the first five games of the season before being benched in favor of Pickett in Week 4.