Steelers QB Kenny Pickett is heading for an MRI on his injured left knee following the team’s loss to the Houston Texans, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. That MRI will decide the extent of Pickett’s injury to his knee following a sack on fourth down.
Pickett was helped off by trainers and limped heavily off the field. Texans defensive end Jonathan Greenard sacked Pickett with all his weight coming down on Pickett’s left leg. Pickett clutched his left knee following the sack. It was a tumultuous game with Pickett at the helm. He finished the game with just 114 passing yards on 15 completions with 23 attempts. Pittsburgh has only scored six points to this point in the fourth quarter.
Kenny Pickett being hurt only expounds on the team’s injuries this year. With the team trying to find something to lean on offensively, Pickett’s injury makes that task much harder. He’s not the only injury, with Diontae Johnson, James Daniels, Pat Freiermuth, and Dan Moore Jr. all down with injuries. Those injuries deplete a unit that has yet to find its footing, averaging just 12.5 points per game in their first four games offensively.
Pickett’s pocket presence has run him into too many sacks. His processing is questionable, and he has missed open receivers. His accuracy, which seemed dependable last year, did not translate to this year. Now, he is injured, but everything is a mess. Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Matt Canada has done little to help matters. Mitch Trubisky may have to lead the ship for the team as they return home to face the Baltimore Ravens. That is not an easy game, as the Ravens come off a shellacking win over the Cleveland Browns without Deshaun Watson. But Pittsburgh has to find something before they head into their bye week following next week.