In what quickly became a terrifying scene during Sunday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Mason Rudolph suffered a huge hit and was down for an extended period. After throwing a pass while rolling out, Rudolph was hit in his helmet, went the ground and appeared to be knocked unconscious.
Following the hit and while Rudolph was down, his Steelers teammates signaled to the sidelines to get athletic trainers out as the quarterback wasn’t moving. Rudolph, who’s stepped in as the starter for an injured Ben Roethlisberger, has improved over the recent weeks and was playing well prior to the injury.
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Both Teams Swarm Field to Check Mason Rudolph’s Injury
During the scary scene, former NFL quarterback and current analyst Charlie Batch showed the scene which featured both the Steelers and Ravens on the field in support of Rudolph. The cart was brought out for the quarterback, but there’s been some confusion as to what led to the how Rudolph left the field.
Rudolph was set to be put on the stretcher and taken off the field, but as Bleacher Report showed, the quarterback was able to get to his feet.
Although it’s a great sign Rudolph was able to get up, it was shown that he left the field while being carried off due to the medical cart apparently malfunctioning.
Mason Rudolph Injury Update
Shortly after Rudolph was back in the locker room, ESPN’s Brooke Pryor revealed that he had been diagnosed with a concussion and will not return to the game.
Obviously, there are bound to be multiple additional tests done on Rudolph, and if it’s decided the hit was a helmet-to-helmet blow, there may be discipline from the league handed down to the Ravens defender.
Mason Rudolph’s Play Prior to Injury
Before exiting in the second half, Rudolph had led the Steelers to a lead over their biggest rival. He had completed 13-of-20 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown while posting a 100.2 quarterback rating. Rudolph’s connection with both James Washington and JuJu Smith-Schuster looked good, with the latter setting himself up with a nice bounceback spot.
It was Devlin Hodges who stepped in under center when Rudolph left. This is the first regular-season action for the rookie signal-caller out of Samford, who was signed as an undrafted free agent this offseason.
Hodges posted a 69.1 completion percentage with 14,584 passing yards, 111 touchdowns and 41 interceptions over 45 games with the Samford Bulldogs. He also showcased his ability as a runner by tallying 370 attempts for 1,017 yards and 17 touchdowns. During Hodges’ senior season with the Bulldogs, he completed 70.5 percent of his attempts for 4,283 yards and 32 touchdowns while rushing for eight additional scores.
There has been no additional update on Rudolph to this point, but it appears the concussion is the final diagnosis. If there are any other specifics revealed on his injury other than that, we’ll be sure to update with the new information.