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Ravens’ Earl Thomas: “I’m Worried About” Concussed Steelers QB Mason Rudolph

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s status is still largely unknown on Sunday night after he left the Steelers’ 26-23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens with a terrifying head injury.

While scrambling to complete a pass, Rudolph was sandwiched in between Ravens defenders and the helmet of safety Earl Thomas connected with Rudolph’s jaw. He appeared to be unconscious as he flopped to the turf and frantic Steelers offensive linemen called for trainers to check on Rudolph’s status.

He eventually came to and walked off the field under his own power. Rudolph walked off the field after the Steelers’ medical cart had an issue and had to be pushed off the field. Rudolph was diagnosed with a concussion and was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin declined to give a more elaborative update on Rudolph’s health and did not answer a question about why Rudolph was allowed to walk off the field.

Thomas was conciliatory and said that he wasn’t trying to hit Rudolph high.

“I didn’t try to intentionally hurt him,” Thomas said. “I’m worried about him. I heard he’s at the hospital. My prayers go out to him and his family. I’m never trying to hurt anybody. At the end of the day, guys have families. So I’d never try to intentionally hurt him. I was just going and flying to the ball like I normally do.”

Thomas was flagged for a personal foul for roughing the passer and according to Fox NFL officiating expert Dean Blandino, he could potentially face a fine.

“From what I saw, Earl was closing and Mason was going forward and [Brandon Carr] was going to make the tackle, and gets him right in the chin,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “Kind of like a boxing deal. Absolutely certain, he wasn’t trying to hit him in the head. It’s fast and he’s closing and Mason is running and he’s not going down, throwing the ball. So, that’s what happened with what I saw.”

The Steelers plan to provide an update on Rudolph’s status on Tuesday, when Tomlin again speaks with the media. Rudolph was replaced by undrafted rookie third-stringer Devlin Hodges.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/24/20

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While it’s odd to see referees standing out in a clip of highlights, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin’s plan to incorporate actual refs into practice this week happened on Thursday.

Tomlin explained he is adding refs to practice to ensure his team is more disciplined, which hopefully leads to less penalties in their game this week compared to last week.

Wide receivers James Washington, Diontae Johnson and tight end Eric Ebron run routes and catch passes in this clip.

Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers

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Ben Roethlisberger Says Form, Mechanics Can Be Better Despite Hot Start

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To hear Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tell it, he can better than what he’s shown on the field in his first two weeks since returning from elbow surgery.

He’s not happy with his footwork, he thinks he’s dropping his arm a bit and needs a more consistent release point.

The statistics, however tell another story. They say Roethlisberger has been operating at a higher level of precision than ever before. So which is it? Maybe both.

“I do feel I got a little lazy with my feet, which then, in turn, translated to a lazy arm,” Roethlisberger said. “There were some throws that I kind of dropped my elbow, if you will. I don’t want to get too technical, but it became more of a three-quarter release instead of an over the top when I didn’t need to. There are obviously times you have to change your release point. There were too many throws, I felt looking back, that I just have to get my feet working better, and that will then translate, hopefully, to the rest of the body. Then, I won’t be guiding some of the throws.”

Here’s an example from the game Roethlisberger’s form getting a little sloppy. He throws this ball flat-footed and almost all with his right side, getting less power behind it than usual and resulting in a pass that ends up behind JuJu Smith-Shuster instead of allowing him to build a head of steam toward the defenders at the line of scrimmage.

Is this a big deal here? Not really. Smith-Schuster probably couldn’t have done much better than he did at bulling over the defender, anyway. But this is also a route into the flat on the near side of the field. Over longer distances, that can make a big difference.

“I’ve gotten away with it in the past being able to not necessarily be perfect from the ground up and just letting my arm kind of make up for a lot of things, a lot of imperfections if you talk to quarterback people,” Roethlisberger said. “I feel great. I just need to get it in my mind that I can still make the throws when I’m not in the perfect position to make them.”

All of that can be true, and yet, it’s hard to argue with the results. Through two games, Roethlisberger has a 68.5 completion percentage. His career season high was 68% in 2015. In a game and a half last year, it was 56.5%.

His passer rating, even with an interception against the Broncos, is 107.1. His career season-long high came in 2o07, when he finished with a 104.1 mark. Last season before his injury, it was 66.

Some of that can be explained by a passing scheme that has take fewer deep shots down the field than it has in years past. His yards per pass attempt sits at 7.4, lower than all but four of his other 16 seasons.

Mechanical inconsistency can certainly have a greater impact on longer throws, so the Steelers’ somewhat more methodical offensive approach could be helping Roethlisberger get into the swing of things.

“Maybe some of that just comes from not playing a lot of football,” he posited. “I played two games this year. I played a game and a half last year, so really, it’s about three and a half games in two years if you think about it. It’ll come. Like I said, if I’m having these issues and we are still winning football games, that’s a plus.”

If a 2-0 record with career highs in passer rating and completion percentage is what he looks like with mechanical issues, the NFL should be very worried about what might happen if he gets into a groove.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/23/20

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David DeCastro practices with the Steelers after missing the first two games of the season. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin explained to the media, including Mike Asti and Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, that he is evaluating DeCastro and he could start their week 3 game against Houston.

Joe Haden can also seen working on one-on-one coverage drills with the rest of the secondary.

Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers

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