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Steelers QB Mason Rudolph feels ‘great,’ ready to move on after concussion

Mason Rudolph, Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been without Mason Rudolph since their 26-23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5. He has been sidelined as a result of a concussion from a hard hit by Earl Thomas.

Rudolph was recently cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol and he stated that he feels ‘great’ and only had a ‘minor headache’ during the night of the injury.

“I feel great,” Rudolph said, via the team’s official website. “Checked all of the boxes with the protocol situation.”

“I had a minor headache that night, but the next morning I started to really come back. I slept really great, never had any symptoms like sensitivity with light. Started feeling pretty good the next day, and carried out all of the testing, physically, and then the mental stuff on the computer.”

After being sidelined for the Steelers’ 24-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, Rudolph is ready to get back onto the field with his team. He said that it was ‘frustrating’ to have to sit out but that he did as a result of the ‘opinion of the specialists.’

“I’m a competitor. I like to feel like I know my body, but the thought process from specialists was if you take a lesser hit, you could be out for longer,” he said. “Just more vulnerable was the opinion of the specialists, so I really didn’t have a choice. I wanted to. I think I’ll look back on this 10 years down the road and I’ll be glad that I did sit out for a week, but I was not happy.

“It was frustrating to have to sit out when I felt pretty close to normal, pretty fine. It was the best thing for my long-term health. We’ve got a lot of specialists here, so I complied with their thoughts.”

With a 2-4 record, the Steelers will need Rudolph to provide a boost when he returns to the lineup. Despite losing Ben Roethlisberger for the season during Week 2, Pittsburgh finds themselves currently tied with the Cleveland Browns for second place in the AFC North standings.

The Steelers face the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football at Heinz Field.