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Steelers QB Kenny Pickett could miss ‘extended time’ with ankle injury, per report

Pickett exited Week 13 with the injury and was later ruled out.

Josh Woods #10 of the Arizona Cardinals tackles Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium on December 03, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett exited Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals with an ankle injury in Week 13, and early signs say it could force him to miss some time.

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.

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.