Kenny Pickett took a hard shot against the Ravens early. Unfortunately, this led to the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback being sidelined.
Pittsburgh Steelers fans held their breath early Sunday afternoon. In the first quarter, rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett took a huge shot. After breaking one tackle, Ravens linebacker Roquan Smith whipped him around and slammed him to the ground.
On the play, the back of Pickett’s head visibly hit the ground with force. This resulted in the first-round pick heading to the blue tent. The medical team examined Pickett but apparently came to the conclusion that he did not have a concussion, as Pickett was in the game during the next offensive series.
However, after a quick three-and-out, Mitch Trubisky warmed up on the sideline and was inserted into the game.
Steelers QB Kenny Pickett injured
This is not a good sign for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Earlier in the season, Kenny Pickett suffered a concussion that briefly sidelined him. If this is his second in less than half a season, this would not be good for the 24-year-old.
It is possible, however, that he did not suffer a concussion but the medical crew ruled him officially declared him out for the game after a re-evaluation. This is something the NFL is allowed to do since a rule change because of a concussion to Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa earlier this year.
Pickett will not return against the Baltimore Ravens today. Let’s hope that this head injury doesn’t keep him out for long. However, this is certainly a little concerning to have his second head injury this early in his NFL career.
We will see what Mitch Trubisky is capable of dipping with this offense today and possibly next week as well. Let’s hope for a swift recovery from Pickett.