The Pittsburgh Steelers lost more than just one game on Sunday.
Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett suffered a rib injury during the loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, his status for Thursday night’s matchup vs. the Tennessee Titans is “up in the air,” and the team will see how he feels to get a clearer picture.
Steelers’ QB Kenny Pickett injured his ribs today and his status for Thursday night’s game vs. the Titans is “up in the air”, per league source. The team wants to see how he’s feeling Monday to get a further idea of his availability.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2023
Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin claimed that Pickett will most likely be a game-time decision for the contest, while star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has already been ruled out with an injured hamstring.
Jaguars DE Adam Gotsis hit Pickett right before halftime, and he was unable to return to the field, with backup Mitch Trubisky leading the way for the remainder of the game.
The former Chicago Bears quarterback completed 15-of-27 passes for 138 yards, one touchdown, and one interception during the 20-10 loss, doing better than Pickett and his 10-of-16 passes for 73 yards.
Notably, this will be the second time this season that Pickett’s status is in doubt, as he already suffered a knee injury during the loss to the Houston Texans.
However, he didn’t miss any time and was back on the field in the win over the Baltimore Ravens.
As for Fitzpatrick, who’s currently the team leader in tackles (54), the team will require a major effort from Elihaj Riley, Keanu Neal, Damontae Kazee, and Miles Killebrew to pick up the slack, while veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson could also step up.
His recovery timeline has yet to be disclosed, but he’s expected to miss at least one game.