Mason Rudolph’s standing “for this week and beyond” has been left “very much in doubt” after he was knocked out Sunday.
According to NFL Media, the Steelers quarterback stays within the concussion protocol and will possible be held out of the staff’s Week 6 matchup towards the Chargers because the staff has a Week 7 bye looming. His standing when the staff returns in Week Eight is in query as properly.
Rudolph was knocked unconscious when he took successful to the chin from Ravens security Earl Thomas within the third quarter of Sunday’s 26-23 loss.
Rudolph was making an attempt to make a throw when Thomas hit him within the chin earlier than he obtained the go off. It was a scary scene as Rudolph lay immobile on his again for a number of minutes whereas the staff’s medical employees attended to him and eliminated his facemask. He was later seen telling trainers, “I’m good” as he was helped to the locker room.
He was dominated out for the remainder of the sport with a concussion and taken to an area hospital for additional analysis, however was reportedly “doing well” after being launched.
Thomas is unlikely to face suspension for the hit, NFL Media reported, however the play could possibly be reviewed for a potential effective.
“I was just trying to get to the ball and make a play for my team,” Thomas advised reporters after the sport, per the staff’s official web site. “I hit the strike zone, I didn’t go excessive. I didn’t attempt to deliberately damage him. I’m anxious about him. I heard he’s on the hospital and my prayers exit to him and his household.
“But I’m never trying to hurt anybody. At the end of the day, guys have families. I would never try to intentionally hurt him. I was just trying to fly to the ball like I normally do.”
Rudolph, chosen within the third spherical of the 2018 draft, accomplished 13 of 20 passes for 131 yards and a landing earlier than getting damage.
Pittsburgh will subsequent go to the Chargers (2-3) at 8:20 p.m. ET Sunday.