Steelers Quarterback Update: Pickett Out, Rudolph In as Starter Against Bengals

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Pickett (Credits: Bleacher Report)

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin officially declared that quarterback Kenny Pickett will be sidelined in Saturday’s game against the Bengals. Pickett, who underwent “TightRope” surgery on his right ankle less than three weeks ago, participated in a limited capacity during practice this week. Despite initial speculation on Pickett’s potential return against Cincinnati, Tomlin firmly ruled him out after Thursday’s practice.

In Pickett’s absence, Mason Rudolph has been designated as the starting quarterback. Rudolph expressed his enthusiasm, noting his teammates’ excitement and his eagerness to contribute to the team’s quest for victory. Additionally, Tomlin revealed that Mitch Trubisky, who filled in for Pickett in the last two games, would serve as Rudolph’s backup against Cincinnati.

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Steelers Quarterback Update (Credits: Sports Illustrated)

Rudolph’s last start dates back to Week 10 of the 2021 season against the Lions, where he posted 242 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 16-16 tie. Since then, he has seen limited game action, including a brief appearance in garbage time during a Week 16 loss to the Chiefs in 2021 and a six-snap performance against the Colts last week.

Tomlin explained on Monday that the decision to start Rudolph aims to ignite the offense and generate more points, crucial for the Steelers as they navigate a competitive AFC wild-card race. Despite facing a three-game losing streak, the Steelers (7-7) have an opportunity to enhance their playoff prospects with a victory over the Bengals (8-6) on Saturday, especially after losing the previous encounter between these division rivals last month in Cincinnati.

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