Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Mason Rudolph was forced to leave the team’s game against the Baltimore Ravens after taking a big hit from Ravens’ safety Earl Thomas, which left him temporarily unconscious.
Firstly, Rudolph, who was diagnosed with a concussion, was taken to a nearby hospital in the third quarter of the game and was released later in the day. However, he remains in the league’s concussion protocol and his status for the team’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers is unknown. Want to wager on Super Bowl winner including the Steelers? Keep reading below, for instance.
“I didn’t intentionally try to hurt him,” Thomas said, insisting he didn’t hit the Steelers 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.”
“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.”
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Secondly, after the hit, left tackle Alejandro Villanueva put his hands on the unconscious quarterback’s chest to check for vital signs.
“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 Mason Rudolph’s 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.”
Furthermore, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was overcome with emotions. This, when he saw Rudolph collapse on the ground. What does this mean for the Steelers in Week 6, for instance?
“I’ve heard of situations where the person’s not moving at all. Also, they don’t get up.” Smith-Schuster said. “And I was just praying to God that Mason Rudolph gets up, and he’s our quarterback and he’s our guy. I’m praying for a speedy recovery.”