Steelers’ Mason Rudolph leaves Jets game with left shoulder injury
Left shoulder injury for Mason Rudolph
— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) December 22, 2019
The 24-year-old Rudolph, selected by Pittsburgh in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, did not start on Sunday as the Steelers desperately vie for the second and final AFC Wild Card spot with the Tennessee Titans. Rudolph had to replace undrafted quarterback Devlin Hodges who started against Gang Green and threw two interceptions in the first half following a start last week, which saw “Duck” toss four picks in a loss against another AFC East opponent in the Buffalo Bills.
Hodges, 23, threw 8/10 on the day for 68 yards—his only two incompletions being the ugly interceptions going to the Jets’ defense.
Since the quarterback change, Rudolph led the Steelers in a ferocious end-of-half comeback, tying the game at 10-all going into the break. New York made a field goal as the only scoring play of the second half as the Steelers—back with Hodges under center—having a chance to still win the road tilt and keep their Wild Card dream alive amid a carousel of rotating quarterbacks, first starting with veteran gunslinger and Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger, who injured his elbow in season-ending fashion in Week 1 earlier this season.
Rudolph had thrown 14/20 for 129 yards and a passing touchdown in the little offense the Steelers have collectively been able to muster.
Pittsburgh has had running back James Conner ruled out for the remainder of the game with a thigh injury.