Mason Rudolph injury update: Steelers QB (concussion) returns to practice days after scary hitSporting News — (Chelsea Howard)
Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph returned to practice Wednesday just three days after taking a scary hit against the Ravens, though he remains in the concussion protocol.
Rudolph practiced with the scout team, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, while rookie Devlin Hodges took all of the reps with the first-team offense. At this point, Hodges is still expected to start in Week 6 because Rudolph likely won't be cleared until the end of the week, at the earliest, the Post notes.
“He’s doing well,” Hodges said. “That was a scary situation, a really scary situation. He was knocked out pretty cold. To see him here and moving around and see him smiling, it’s a good sign.”
Coach Mike Tomlin also gave an update on Rudolph's status, though he wasn't willing to give a timetable on the young quarterback's return.
"Obviously I won’t have a lot of detail in terms of where he is in the protocol or speculation what that is and the timetable of it, because I’ve been at this long enough to know that I’m not a medical expert," Tomlin told reporters Tuesday. “We’ve got a great deal of confidence in our medical experts and the independent neuro people that are involved in his process, and they’ll do their due diligence, and when he’s available to us, he’s available to us."
Rudolph was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's game as he was attempting to make a throw, but he took a hit from Baltimore safety Earl Thomas before he got the pass off. Rudolph immediately fell to the ground as his head hit the turf and he laid flat on his back for several minutes before the team's medical staff attended to him on the field.
“Mason is a tough dude,” receiver Johnny Holton said Wednesday. “To see him out there at practice today, it was kind of amazing. People usually take a week or two off. It just shows us that he wants to be here.”
Rudolph, selected in the third round of the 2018 draft, had stepped in for Ben Roethlisberger, who is recovering from a season-ending elbow injury he suffered in Week 2.
Hodges replaced Rudolph during Pittsburgh's 26-23 loss to Baltimore where he went 7 of 9 for 68 yards with no touchdowns.
The Steelers (1-4) will face the Chargers (2-3) in Week 6 with kickoff set for 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday.