The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their final injury update (h/t Brooke Pryor) ahead of their Week 5 divisional matchup against the Baltimore Ravens and it doesn't feature QB Kenny Pickett in it.
The news means that Pickett should be expected to take on starting duties for the Steelers against the Ravens come kick-off time on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.
This puts an end (for now) to the week-long saga about Pickett's availability for Week 5.
Pickett suffered an injury last weekend and was forced out of the game against Houston Texas in Week 4 that Pittsburgh went on to lose. Everybody, including the quarterback, thought he had suffered a serious injury, potentially even a torn ACL/MCL.
After further examinations, Pickett only suffered a bone bruise and was inching closer to starting in Week 5 each passing day. Pickett practiced on Wednesday in a rather surprising development.
Pickett completed two more practices on Thursday and Friday, and he has been removed completely from the injury report ahead of the weekend, seemingly indicating his full availability for the clash against Baltimore.
On a darker piece of news hidden in the injury report released by Pittsburgh, starting tight end and safety-valve tight end Pat Freiermuth has been ruled out for Week 5.
The tight end won't be available after suffering a hamstring injury in the same game in which Pickett went down last Sunday. This means that the Steelers will need to use backup tight end Darnell Washington in a heavier way than they'd have liked had Pat been available.
Washington would be lucky to grab a couple of passes, let alone be targeted more than three or four times through the game, so the Ravens will be able to shortcircuit other connections between Pickett and his receivers before caring that much about Washington.