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From the Locker Room: Rudolph on Starting Second Half; Edmunds on PI Call

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PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph didn’t have to wait long before seeing regular season playing time this year.

Unfortunately for the Steelers, it came with an injury to Ben Roethlisberger, who left Pittsburgh’s 28-26 loss to Seattle with an elbow injury.

While it’s unclear how long this injury will keep Roethlisberger out of action, or if it will at all after he missed the second half on Sunday, Rudolph stepped in and played admirably when called upon.

He finished 12 of 19 for 112 yards and 2 touchdown passes. Rudolph, who outplayed former teammate Josh Dobbs throughout training camp and the preseason to win the backup job, explained that he always prepares as if he’s going to start. Rudolph acknowledged his reps may change this coming week depending on the severity of Ben’s injury, but that won’t change his focus. He also noted that head coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner didn’t not change the game plan with him in at quarterback.

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CRITICAL SWING

One of the key moments in the game came when safety Terrell Edmunds was called for pass interference on Seattle’s last scoring drive of the game. This penalty was a reversal of the initial no call. The challenge victory for Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll proved to be the final dagger for the Steelers. Edmunds appeared frustrated while trying to make sense of the change in calls and how that impacted the game.

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