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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph suffered a nasty-looking concussion in their last NFL game following a challenge from Earl Thomas II.
The challenged scrambled him to the left, and he was left in motionless position from the exact position he threw the ball.
The pass was immediately plucked out by James Washington, but the cheers quickly fell silent upon the fans in the stadium realising that Rudolph was down, and hadn’t moved.
Rudolph had suffered a hard hit from the Baltimore Ravens man, and Thomas caught him on the chin during the Steelers 26-23 overtime defeat.
The quarterback was immediately placed on the concussion protocol, and the Steelers were forced to play out the remainder of the game without their third signal-caller.
He will also be missing now from team selection for the next month, which will come as a huge blow for Pittsburgh.
“I didn’t intentionally try to hurt him,” Thomas said, insisting he didn’t hit Rudolph too high. “I’m worried about him. I heard he’s at the hospital. My prayers go out to him and his family. I’ve never tried to hurt anybody. At the end of the day, guys have families.”
The medics quickly made their way onto the pitch when they were aware of how severe the situation was.
“When he was on the ground, it looked like it was a lot more serious than just a simple hit,” Villanueva said. “I don’t like to get into details of his medical condition. You could tell he had been hit to the head, and the only thing I could do was to wave the trainers down to the location.”
As the medics came onto the pitch, Rudolph’s teammates were quick to find out what was happening to their teammate. JuJu Smith-Schuster fell to the ground in disbelief of the situation and began to pray for his teammate, and he sat by his side.
“I’ve heard of situations where the person’s not moving at all, and they don’t get up,” Smith-Schuster said. “And I was just praying to God that he gets up, and he’s our quarterback, and he’s our guy. I’m praying for a speedy recovery.”
Afterwards, though, Thomas maintained his hit on Rudolph was legal.
“It’s a football play,” Thomas said. “It wasn’t dirty. He actually got sandwiched. B-Carr (Brandon Carr) came from behind, and I hit him from the side in the strike zone. I didn’t even see a flag initially. I think once they saw how serious it was, they were like, ‘Oh, let me throw this flag,’ which was understandable.”
To make matters worse, there was an operator error on the cart, which meant that Rudolph was carried off the pitch instead of being lifted. This was something that the NFL was quick to talk about after the game.
Their official statement said: “A cart was brought on the field in the event it was needed,” the league said in the statement. “After evaluating the player, the medical staff determined a cart was not necessary for this instance.
Had one been needed, there was a backup cart on the other sideline which was immediately available. He received appropriate medical care per gameday protocols, and is now in the concussion protocol.”
The injury to Rudolph could have a detrimental effect on their upcoming fixtures in the NFL, with the Steelers odds already growing for the next couple of NFL games.
The Steelers will be hoping to get Rudolph back as soon as possible to have a chance to get back into NFL playoff contention.