PITTSBURGH — Steelers QB Kenny Pickett vowed to play on Sunday against the Ravens after practicing on Wednesday, stating that while the injury is there, he will play and be ready to go in the critical rivalry game. According to the doctor’s recommendations, he took a limited amount of reps on Wednesday. Pickett says he will be ‘ready to go’ on Sunday.
“I took what I needed to take in terms of what they were telling me,” Pickett said. “You know, according to what the doctors and trainers say, the reps will probably go as they say.
Pickett wore a massive knee brace on Wednesday to help stabilize the injured left knee. While reported as a bone bruise, a muscle strain and a potential MCL injury were also involved. Pickett was seen stretching and throwing during the portion of the practice open to photography, which does not include any team or full-contact periods. The Steelers are wearing pads for their practice, as Tomlin suggested they would after he perceived them as the less physical team in their Week 4 loss to the Houston Texans.
Tomlin said that the quantity and quality of Pickett’s work at practice this week will determine whether or not he can play against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. However, Kenny Pickett believes he is on track to play that game. It remains to be seen how much mobility Pickett will have, but the Ravens are a team under defensive coordinator Mike MacDonald, who has shown the ability to create pressure and stunts. Jadeveon Clowney, for example, is on pace for over 80 pressures this year. They will need to keep Pickett upright if they want him to play well should he suit up against the Ravens.
Pickett has been hit 25 times so far this season, some on his own doing and others due to pressure. Yet, Pickett is vowing to play despite having some struggles despite being healthy for the entire year before the knee injury. Needless to say, if the Steelers want to win, Pickett needs to have a strong day.