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Kenny Pickett ruled out; Mason Rudolph to start for Steelers



PITTSBURGH -- Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett is out Saturday against the Bengals, according to coach Mike Tomlin, who officially named Mason Rudolph as the starter.

Pickett, who underwent "TightRope" surgery on his right ankle less than three weeks ago, returned to practice this week and was a limited participant each day.

Tomlin said Monday that the door was "ajar" for Pickett to play against Cincinnati, but ultimately ruled out the second-year quarterback immediately after Thursday's practice.

Rudolph, who has not started a game since the 2021 season, said Tuesday that his teammates were "excited for me" and added that he also was excited to "put my hand in the pile and go fight for a victory.