Mason Rudolph injury update: Steelers QB (concussion) doubtful to play 'this week and beyond'Sporting News — (Kirstie Chiappelli)
Mason Rudolph's status "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 remains in the concussion protocol and will likely be held out of the team's Week 6 matchup against the Chargers since the team has a Week 7 bye looming. His status when the team returns in Week 8 is in question as well.
Rudolph was knocked unconscious when he took a hit to the chin from Ravens safety Earl Thomas in the third quarter of Sunday's 26-23 loss.
Rudolph was attempting to make a throw when Thomas hit him in the chin before he got the pass off. It was a scary scene as Rudolph lay motionless on his back for several minutes while the team's medical staff attended to him and removed his facemask. He was later seen telling trainers, "I'm good" as he was helped to the locker room.
He was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion and taken to a local hospital for further evaluation, but was reportedly "doing well" after being released.
Thomas is unlikely to face suspension for the hit, NFL Media reported, but the play could be reviewed for a possible fine.
“I was just trying to get to the ball and make a play for my team,” Thomas told reporters after the game, per the team's official website. “I hit the strike zone, I didn’t go high. I didn’t try to intentionally hurt him. I’m worried about him. I heard he’s at the hospital and my prayers go out to him and his family.
“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, selected in the third round of the 2018 draft, completed 13 of 20 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown before getting hurt.
Pittsburgh will next visit the Chargers (2-3) at 8:20 p.m. ET Sunday.