Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kenny Pickett has left the game after being sacked by Houston Texans defender Jonathan Greenard. Pickett’s leg appeared to roll awkwardly before being helped off the field. As such, he has been ruled out for the remainder of the game and has been replaced by backup QB Mitchell Trubisky.
Kenny Pickett Injures Knee vs. Houston Texans
UPDATE, Oct. 3 (12:55 p.m. ET): Pickett has a bone bruise and a muscle strain but did not seriously injure his knee on Sunday. He will practice on Monday and has a chance to play in Week 6.
Oct. 1 (3:28 p.m. ET): Pickett dropped back for a pass on 4th and 1, with the Steelers down 16-6 in the closing minute of the third quarter. After being pressured, he rolled out to the left, where he was brought down by Greenard.
Pickett lay on the field in obvious pain for several seconds and walked gingerly off the field with the help of Steelers trainers.
Kenny Pickett’s pocket movement is awful. He sacks himself or drifts into defenders way too often, just like in college.
He ends up getting hurt on a 4th and 1 stop, unfortunately. pic.twitter.com/AjWrYEktWr
— Ian Valentino (@NFLDraftStudy) October 1, 2023
Up until that point, Pickett was 15-23 for 114 yards and one interception. The Steelers’ offense struggled to move the ball throughout the game, picking up only 186 total yards through three quarters.
Fantasy Fallout From Pickett’s Injury
From PFN Fantasy Analyst Kyle Yates: Pickett is now at risk of missing significant time with the way the injury looked for him. While we hope that it is just a minor injury that leads him to get back onto the field as early as possible, it may likely be a bit before we see the second-year QB again.
If that is the case, all receiving weapons need to be downgraded. While we’ve seen flashes from Mitchell Trubisky throughout the course of his NFL career, consistency has alluded him up to this point.
We’ll update as soon as there’s more information to go off, but for right now players like George Pickens, Jaylen Warren, Najee Harris, etc. need to be downgraded.