Steelers QB Mason Rudolph taken to hospital after leaving game vs. Ravens
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph left Sunday’s game early with a concussion sustained by Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas, in which he appeared to be knocked out on the spot. According to Brooke Pryor of ESPN, he was taken to the hospital after leaving the game.
Rudolph was seen laying motionless on the turf of Heinz Feild after Thomas took the shot to his chin with 7:29 left in 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 frantically 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, an issue occurred in the process and Rudolph was helped off the field by his teammates, Zach Banner and B.J. Finney. He was able to stand up. 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.
Before sustaining the scary injury, Rudolph went 13 for 20 for 131 yards and a touchdown. Devlin Hodges came out to replace him — who was on the practice squad in Week 2. The former Samford Bulldog went 7 for 9 for 68 yards.
The Steelers eventually lost the game, 26-23, to the Ravens in overtime off of a JuJu Smith-Schuster fumble. By doing so, they drop to 1-4, with their playoff hopes waning away before our eyes.