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Steelers place Mason Rudolph on injured reserve

Mason Rudolph

The Pittsburgh Steelers have played Mason Rudolph on injured reserve ending his season, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. This move makes a lot of sense because Rudolph was slated to miss at least a couple of weeks with a left shoulder injury.

By placing him on injured reserve it allows the team to sign someone else at a different position. Rudolph had come into to replace Devlin Hodges in the team’s last game against the New York Jets after the rookie quarterback continued to turn the ball over. Rudolph went down with the injury which forced the team to go back to Hodges.

With Rudolph out, it will be Hodges getting the start and Paxton Lynch filling in as the backup. On Monday, Lynch said he was ready to do whatever he could to help the team.

“I feel good” within the offense, Lynch told reporters via Matthew Marczi of the Steelers Depot. That’s why they brought me here, to help this team win if I was called upon, so that’s what I’m gonna be ready for”.

Lynch did admit it’s been a bit of a challenge because he hasn’t gotten a ton of reps, but he still feels confident he will be ready to go.

“It’s a little harder when you haven’t gotten your reps in the offense, but like I said, we’re all professionals, so we’re all here to do our job, and that’s my job”, he said.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has done a good job of making the right decisions with his quarterbacks. If Hodges struggles early, it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see Paxton Lynch come in and play.