PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett has a bone bruise in his left knee and will practice in some capacity Wednesday, coach Mike Tomlin said. This news comes after Pickett exited Sunday’s 30-6 loss to the Houston Texans in the third quarter due to an injury.
Tomlin stated that Pickett’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens will be determined as the week progresses. The quarterback’s level of comfort and functionality will play a significant role in his participation. Tomlin emphasized the importance of preparation for quarterbacks and expressed confidence in Pickett’s ability to practice.
If Pickett is unable to play, Mitch Trubisky will start in his place. Trubisky has experience as a starting quarterback and will be ready to step in if needed.
In addition to discussing Pickett’s injury, Tomlin acknowledged the coaching shortcomings that contributed to the team’s 24-point loss in Houston and their 2-2 start to the season. He expressed disappointment in the coaching performance and emphasized the need for improvement.
Despite the need for changes, Tomlin confirmed that there would be no immediate alterations to the gameday responsibilities of the coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
Tomlin highlighted the importance of “fluid decision making” for Pickett and the entire team. He believes that quick and decisive plays early in the game can set a positive tone for the offense and defense. Tomlin emphasized that fluid decision making is a collective effort and not solely Pickett’s responsibility.
Pickett is among several Steelers players dealing with injuries. Wide receiver Diontae Johnson and defensive lineman Cam Heyward are both on injured reserve, while left tackle Dan Moore Jr. is out with a knee sprain. Rookie first-round pick Broderick Jones will make his first NFL start in place of Moore.
Tight end Pat Freiermuth is unlikely to play due to a hamstring injury, and defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal is in concussion protocol. Punter Pressley Harvin and guard James Daniels both missed Sunday’s game and are working towards a return.
Despite the injuries, Tomlin stressed the need for increased physicality in the team’s preparation. He acknowledged that the Houston Texans were more physical and played with greater intensity in their previous matchup. Tomlin plans to address this issue by adjusting the team’s practice attire and implementing more physical practices.
To emphasize the importance of physicality, Tomlin announced that the team would practice in pads on Wednesday. This decision is a departure from their recent practices, which were affected by short weeks and West Coast travel.
Tomlin shared a similar message with the team during the game and in the locker room after the loss. He emphasized the need for a change in mindset and expressed his disappointment in the team’s lack of effort. Tomlin believes that acknowledging and rectifying these issues promptly is crucial for the team’s success moving forward.
In conclusion, Kenny Pickett’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens remains uncertain due to a bone bruise in his left knee. Coach Mike Tomlin expressed confidence in Pickett’s ability to practice and emphasized the importance of preparation for quarterbacks. If Pickett is unable to play, Mitch Trubisky will start in his place. The Steelers are dealing with several injuries, but Tomlin stressed the need for increased physicality in their preparation. He acknowledged the coaching shortcomings and plans to address them internally. The team will practice in pads on Wednesday to emphasize the importance of playing with intensity and heart.