The Steelers and the Ravens both appear down to their backup quarterbacks in their Week 14 rivalry game.
While Baltimore ruled Lamar Jackson out before the game began, Pittsburgh lost Kenny Pickett during it.
Pickett appeared to suffer some sort of injury after being sacked by Roquan in the first quarter. The rookie quarterback hit the ground hard on the play — his shoulder was particularly driven into the ground — and he limped off the field.
BRINGING THE PRESSURE!!@Patrickqueen_ brings the heat and Roquan finishes the job for the SACK!!
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— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 11, 2022
Initially, the Steelers said that Pickett was evaluated for a concussion in the medical tent on the sideline. The team said that he was cleared to return to the game, and he took the field for Pittsburgh’s second drive of the game.
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However, he was unable to return to the field for the third drive, as he went to the locker room for extra medical attention.
The Steelers later announced that Pickett had been ruled out after being placed in concussion protocol.
QB Kenny Pickett is in the concussion protocol. He has been ruled OUT for the remainder of today’s game.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 11, 2022
The team didn’t immediately explain why Pickett had first been cleared from concussion protocol earlier in the contest.
Pickett had thrown just one pass, an incompletion, before exiting the game. He had two scrambles for 16 yards and took a sack while playing eight snaps.
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Who is the Steelers’ backup QB?
Veteran quarterback Mitch Trubisky replaced Pickett against the Ravens. The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft began the season as the Steelers’ starter but was benched after compiling a 1-3 record in four starts.
Trubisky led the Steelers on a touchdown drive on his first possession of the game. The 28-year-old is the only healthy quarterback available to the Ravens with Pickett out, as third-string quarterback Mason Rudolph is inactive for the game.