PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was a limited participant in the team’s practice on Wednesday, just days after being hospitalized with a concussion.
Rudolph remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol and his status for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers remains uncertain. The Steelers are preparing as if Devlin Hodges will make his first career start.
Cornerback Steve Nelson (groin) and outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo (plantar fasciitis, right foot) were both also limited.
Nelson was also injured against the Ravens. Chickillo made his return to practice after missing several weeks with his foot issue.
Seven players did not practice: running back Jaylen Samuels, who has already been ruled out after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday, inside linebacker Mark Barron (hamstring), cornerback Justin Layne (illness), tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder), fullback Roosevelt Nix (knee), center Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related) and wide receiver James Washington (AC joint, left shoulder).
Barron left Sunday’s game with his injury. McDonald returned to action against the Ravens after missing Week 4. Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that Nix could return to action this week. He’s been out since the season opener.
Washington is expected to miss multiple weeks with his injury, though he no longer had his left arm in a sling in the locker room on Wednesday.