Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett told reporters Tuesday that he will play Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans.
Pickett left Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars with a rib injury after being hit by Jaguars defensive lineman Adam Gotsis. Backup Mitchell Trubisky finished the game for Pittsburgh in the 20-10 loss. Pickett participated in a light practice Tuesday and intends to play against Tennessee despite the short turnaround for a Thursday night game.
"I'm playing, for sure," Pickett said when asked to clarify his status.
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Pickett has started all seven of Pittsburgh's games this season in a 4-3 start. The 2022 first-round pick has completed 61% of his passes for 190 yards per game with five touchdowns and four interceptions for a struggling Steelers offense that ranks 30th in yards per game (271.7) and 29th in points per game (16.1).
The Steelers failed to score a touchdown with Pickett before he left Sunday's game with Jacksonville leading 9-3. Trubisky led the Steelers to their only touchdown of the day, but largely struggled as well while throwing two interceptions.
The Steelers have a winning record through seven games thanks in part to a ball-hawking defense that ranks second in the NFL with 15 forced turnovers and a plus-seven turnover differential.