The NFL season is barely 5 weeks outdated however the Pittsburgh Steelers are already all the way down to their third quarterback.
The group misplaced veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the season after he sustained an elbow damage within the 28-26 defeat at residence in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2, and on Sunday it was left with out backup sign caller Mason Rudolph.
The quarterback was on the receiving finish of a brutal hit from Baltimore security Earl Thomas II because the Steelers misplaced 26-23 at residence to the Ravens in extra time.
Rudolph was hit on the chin midway by the third quarter, after firing a go in the direction of James Washington.
The Steelers sign caller had scrambled left to increase the play after the pocket had collapsed and had no room to flee Thomas because the Ravens security got here charging in the direction of him.
Just a few worrying moments adopted as Rudolph lay on the bottom immobile whereas gamers frantically waved medical workers onto the pitch. Eventually the second-year quarterback left the sector with the assistance of the trainers, earlier than being evaluated at an area hospital.
The participant was responsive as he left the sector and ESPN reported he was “doing well” and was resting at residence.
With Rudolph off the sector, the Steelers turned to Devlin Hodges, who appeared achieved in his NFL debut and completed the sport 7-of-9 for 68 yards, recording his group’s longest run as he rushed for 21 yards within the remaining interval.
“Mason is my guy,” Hodges was quoted as saying by ESPN. “I would say he is one of my closer friends on the team. He has really taken me in. You might see me on the sideline kind of just standing there, it wasn’t because I was freaking out about me going in, I was just thinking about Mason and what’s up with him and is he OK. After a minute, he was just lying there, he wasn’t even moving. That is just tough to look at.”
Rudolph has been positioned within the league’s concussion protocol and given the severity of the hit there are main doubts he shall be out there subsequent week, which implies Hodges may change into Pittsburgh’s third beginning quarterback in six weeks when the Steelers face the Chargers in Los Angeles on Sunday Night Football.
A product of Samford University, the 23-year-old went undrafted this 12 months and signed for the Steelers in May, earlier than being waived on the finish of August because the group finalized its 53-man roster.
The Alabama native, nevertheless, was signed as much as the Steelers follow squad simply over per week later and was elevated to the Steelers roster after Roethlisberger was dominated out for the season with an elbow damage.
Hodges, who at 6 foot 1 inch is 4 inches shorter than Rudolph, was a beginning quarterback all through his 4 years at Stamford and was named the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year thrice.
He completed his faculty profession with a median of three,646 passing yards and 27.7 landing passes per season, with a completion charge of 69.1 p.c.
During his 4 years at Samford, the Bulldogs reached the FCS playoffs twice, dropping within the first spherical to Youngstown State in 2016 and to Kennesaw State on the identical stage a 12 months later.