PITTSBURGH — The Steelers got some good news about Mason Rudolph on Sunday, as the quarterback has been released from the hospital and allowed to return home, according to multiple media reports.
Rudolph was concussed by a helmet-to-helmet hit from Ravens safety Earl Thomas in Sunday’s 26-23 Steelers loss and after walking off the field, was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Head coach Mike Tomlin did not provide an update to Rudolph’s status, but a report by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN said that Rudolph has returned home and is “doing well” after the scary hit that saw Rudolph appear to lose consciousness on his way to the ground.
Steelers QB Mason Rudolph is home from a Pittsburgh-area hospital and doing well, according to a source. Good sign after suffering a concussion on the Earl Thomas hit.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 6, 2019
Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported that Rudolph is in the NFL’s concussion protocol. The concussion protocol proscribes five steps before returning to action: rest and recovery, light exercise, strength training, football activities and the finally, full clearance.
There is no specific timetable for a player’s return from a concussion and all players can take different amounts of time to progress through the protocol.
The Steelers have just one other quarterback on the roster, undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges, who replaced Rudolph on Sunday. They also have former Denver Broncos starter Paxton Lynch on the practice squad. He could be a candidate to be activated before the Steelers visit the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.