Kenny Pickett is now thought to have suffered a concussion during the Steelers’ season opener against the 49ers on Sunday, with video replay showing his head making contact with the ground after a sack.
The Steelers were treated to a 30-7 shellacking as Pickett was unable to find his bearings all game, throwing more interceptions than he did touchdowns while averaging around five yards per pass attempt.
The quarterback did the admirable thing and took responsibility after the loss.
“I think it was more about us than them. I felt comfortable in what I was seeing and what they were doing. We just didn’t execute like we needed to,” he said.
Where the possible concussion is concerned, Picket suffered two of them in his rookie season and switched helmets ahead of the current campaign in a bid to reduce the risk of another such injury.
He’s reported to be wearing the VICIS Matrix QB helmet, a shell graded as the safest headgear for quarterbacks as far as joint lab testing results from the NFL and NFLPA go.
The clip below shows him being brought down by Drake Jackson, who recorded three sacks in the game, with his head hitting the turf thereafter
.The league experienced an increase in head injuries last season as multiple high-profile players were ruled out of action as a result. Tua Tagovailoa’s case was the most worrying, prompting the Dolphins QB to consider retirement. However, he opted against it, learning how to take hits instead.
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