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Steelers’ Mason Rudolph underwent left shoulder surgery, starts throwing in 6-8 weeks

Mason Rudolph

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph has undergone shoulder surgery to repair a sternoclavicular joint dislocation in his left shoulder, which he suffered during his team’s loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Rudolph can start throwing again in six to eight weeks.

The 24-year-old completed 14 of his 20 throws for 129 yards and a touchdown before exiting against the Jets.

Rudolph was cast into the starting role midway through the Steelers’ Week 2 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks due to an elbow injury to Ben Roethlisberger, one that would keep the six-time Pro-Bowler out for the season.

He was then named the starting quarterback moving forward before suffering a concussion in Week 5, which caused Rudolph to miss one contest.

Rudolph returned in Week 8 and held the starting role through Week 12 before being displaced by undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges, who started Weeks 13 through 15.

However, due to Hodges’ struggles, Rudolph had to sub in agains the Jets on Sunday, only to be knocked out again.

During the time he was on the field this year, Rudolph threw for 1,765 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing 62.2 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 82.

The Rock Hill, South Carolina, native, who played his collegiate football at Oklahoma State, was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the third round (76th pick overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Steelers are 8-7 on the season and have slipped out of the top six in the AFC playoff picture. In order to make the postseason, Pittsburgh will need a win over the Baltimore Ravens coupled with a Tennessee Titans loss to the Houston Texans in Week 17.