Steelers WR George Pickens explains why he didn't block on run near goal line vs. Colts: Didn't 'want to get an injury'
Saturday, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens was criticised for not blocking near the goal line on a run against the Indianapolis Colts that failed.
He gave an explanation of the decision on Tuesday. Simply put, he did not wish to sustain any injuries.
Recalling a run block by Houston Texans receiver Tank Dell that led to a season-ending fractured fibula, Pickens spoke with media about his decision.
"I was trying to avoid Tank Dell's fate," Pickens told ESPN's Brooke Pryor. Avoiding injuries is my goal. Staying too low on the block makes it easy to get run over.
Play In the first quarter on Saturday, no scoring. Jaylen Warren got a 7-yard pitch and ran left. Following Jaylon Jones' shot block, linebacker E.J. Speed tackled him from behind. But Pickens didn't block Jones.
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky later scored a touchdown for the Steelers on a fourth-down sneak. The game was won by Indianapolis 30–13.
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