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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett at practice on Dec. 19, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett is expected to return from high ankle sprain surgery against the Seahawks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Pickett suffered the injury against the Arizona Cardinals, forcing the team into a three-game skid under the guidance of Mitch Trubisky before Mason Rudolph came in against the Bengals and led them to a 34-11 victory.

Pickett practiced on a limited basis for all three days of practice but ended up being ruled out. He is about four weeks out from the surgery, which is the time frame they expected him to return in overall. That does mean that Kenny Pickett could be ready to go.

Mike Tomlin has said in the past that the criteria for Pickett playing would be medical clearance and that he would have to demonstrate an ability to move well enough to protect himself from further injury. If he can do that this week, and it seems the expectation will be that he can, he will be ready to return.

Of course, after the game Rudolph had, the question is who will the Steelers turn to if Pickett is ready to come back. Rudolph finished by completing 17 of 27 for 290 yards and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception, was sacked twice, and had a 124.0 passer rating. Pickett had played better after offensive coordinator Matt Canada was fired, but Rudolph took that production to the next level. Now, Tomlin will have a massive decision if Pickett is healthy enough to play.