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Steelers QB Kenny Pickett responds to rumors that he refused to dress as a backup in Week 17

The Steelers quarterback has been under a lot of hot water

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It has been a loud 24 hours for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In particular, there has been a lot of noise surrounding the quarterback situation.

Rumors began swirling that Kenny Pickett refused to dress as the backup quarterback in Seattle for Pittsburgh’s Week 17 game against the Seahawks. Pickett was medically cleared ahead of the game, yet didn’t dress, which raised questions. These questions led to a sourced report from Derrick Bell of Steelers Now, saying that sources told him that Pickett did not want to dress as the Steelers’ third quarterback, and that was at least part of the reason he was inactive.

Pickett addressed these rumors today ahead of his media availability.

“I saw reports out there that I felt were attacking, ya know, my character and how I am as a person, not even getting into the player standpoint of it. There was no talk of me being a backup quarterback this week in terms of being the [No. 2 quarterback]. If I was healthy enough to play and the trainers and coaches felt like I looked good enough to play, I was going to start and play. If they believed that I was not, which they believed I was not, I was not gonna dress and suit up for the game. Whoever reported that, I don’t know where it started. It’s kind of crazy what people write and put out there to try to prove their point or help their standpoint or their careers and what you guys do. But, you know, disappointed to see that without any proof or basis of it.”

Pickett concluded his statement by saying that he will be the No. 2 quarterback this week when the Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens in the final week of the season.