Pat Narduzzi still won’t commit to a decision on whether starting quarterback Kenny Pickett will be healthy enough to play this Saturday against Miami, citing his longtime policy of not publicly discussing injuries.
Narduzzi said on Thursday that Pickett had “worked his tail off” during Pitt’s week of practice, but declined to reveal whether Pickett was a full or partial participant in the week’s workload.
“Kenny’s worked his tail off,” Narduzzi said. “Kenny’s tough. I mean, you saw him finish the game. So, you know, is he 100% healthy? No. But I feel good with where he is right now. Again, I’m not going to talk about his ankle or anything else. I don’t talk about injuries. … But we’re pretty healthy right now.”
Of course, it should be noted that in addition to Pickett’s injury, which caused him to briefly leave in the third quarter of Pitt’s 31-30 loss to Boston College before he returned with an obvious limp, Pitt finished the game missing several key regulars, including defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado (lower body), outside linebacker Cam Bright (left leg), defensive tackle Keyshon Camp (undisclosed), running back A.J. Davis (lower body), middle linebacker Wendell Davis (right knee), defensive tackle David Green (lower body), right guard Jake Kradel (undisclosed), tight end Lucas Krull (left knee) and tight end Kyi Wright (undisclosed).
If Pickett can’t play, one of Pitt’s redshirt freshman backups is most likely to fill his spot, as both Davis Beville and Joey Yellen have gotten some playing time so far in 2020, both in mop-up time against Austin Peay in the season opener and in brief stretches while Pickett was incapacitated.