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Steelers’ Mason Rudolph allowed to go home from hospital after leaving game vs. Ravens

Mason Rudolph, Steelers, Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers Mason Rudolph suffered a concussion on Sunday as Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas hit him head-on after the play, which resulted in a knockout. After being taken to the hospital, Rudolph has now been cleared to go home, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Rudolph will be in the concussion protocol, which is the best-case scenario considering the severity of the hit. Meanwhile, Thomas played the rest of the game but should earn a fine and a possible suspension from the NFL.

Rudolph was seen laying motionless on the turf of Heinz Feild after Thomas took a shot to his chin (after the pass) midway through the third quarter. Though Rudolph drilled a 26-yard pass to James Washington in the process, all attention went to the quarterback, as his teammates flagged over the training staff to assist him.

The trainers took off Rudolph’s face mask with the intent of carting him off the field on a stretcher. However, the cart broke down. Luckily, he was able to stand up and was subsequently helped off the gridiron by his teammates, Zach Banner and B.J. Finney. Shortly after, the training staff transported him to the hospital.

Thomas was given a roughing the passer penalty but wasn’t ejected for the hit. Subsequently, the crowd at Heinz Field began chanting for his ejection that ultimately never came.

The Steelers inserted Devlin Hodges after Rudolph’s injury. The undrafted rookie quarterback out of Samford went  7 for 9 for 68 yards as the Steelers lost 26-23 in overtime. Pittsburgh is now in the market for another quarterback.