This game just went from bad to worse. After the Pittsburgh Steelers mustered up an even 100 yards in the first half, Kenny Pickett went down in pain just before halftime. This play came on a questionable no-call in which a Jaguars defender landed on Pickett's upper body. The medical staff quickly came out to check on the second-year quarterback.
With just 17 seconds remaining in the first half, the Steelers were trying to mount a scoring drive when Pickett was hammered. After being helped off the field, Pickett immediately headed to the locker room under his own power.
Mitch Trubisky entered the contest for the final 14 seconds of the second quarter, but after a penalty, Pittsburgh was bumped out of field goal range and Chris Boswell missed his first attempt of the season as time expired in the first half.
Pickett's injury wasn't the only big ailment of the game. Early in the first quarter, Minkah Fitzpatrick left the contest with a hamstring injury and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. The field conditions were also horrible today. But it's hard to blame Pickett's injury on that.
This was hardly the first time that Pickett had taken a major shot this afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The play from the offensive line has not been there today, and Pickett is taking the brunt of it.
At this time, we don't know whether or not Kenny Pickett will return to the field, but the Steelers quarterback was certainly grimacing in pain as he clutched his right side. At this time, there has been no confirmation on exactly what time of injury Pickett is dealing with, but a rib injury seems likely. Let's hope it's nothing serious and that he can return to the field soon.
Update: Kenny Pickett has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the game vs. Jaguars.