PITTSBURGH – Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett cleared concussion protocol and is in line to begin Sunday in opposition to the Miami Dolphins, the staff introduced Friday morning.
Pickett sustained a concussion on successful within the third quarter of the Steelers’ 20-18 win in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coach Mike Tomlin mentioned Pickett would begin in opposition to the Dolphins if he cleared protocol, and he did not anticipate the concussion to hinder his apply availability this week.
“Oftentimes, someone’s in the protocol and they’ve got complete clearance in terms of full participation, so you let them participate,” Tomlin mentioned Tuesday. “Sometimes it’s limited, and you limit their participation. When it’s limited, obviously, it provides additional opportunities of reps for others.
“He’s been given full clearance from a participation standpoint relative to his place.”
True to Tomlin’s word, the rookie fully practiced on Wednesday and Thursday, taking all of his usual first-team reps.
Making his first start against the Bucs, Pickett completed 11 of 18 attempts for 67 yards, and he led a touchdown drive on the Steelers’ opening series. In Pickett’s absence, Mitch Trubisky, who started the first four games of the season before being replaced with Pickett at halftime of the Jets loss, completed 9 of 12 attempts for 144 yards and a touchdown.