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Steelers Injury Updates: Mason Rudolph Back to Work

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was back at the team’s practice facility on Monday, less than 24 hours after being hospitalized for a concussion suffered during the Steelers’ 26-23 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Rudolph walked through the team’s locker room at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side on Monday afternoon, greeting his teammates and seemed to be doing well after his scary injury.

In the third quarter on Sunday, Rudolph was struck in the jaw by the helmet of Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas. Rudolph appeared to lose consciousness on the field, but was able to walk off with assistance.

Rudolph remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol and his presence at the practice facility Monday does nothing to clear up his potential availability for the Steelers’ Week 5 trip to Los Angeles.

But the fact that Rudolph was well enough to come to work on Monday has to be taken as a positive for the health of the Steelers’ 24-year-old quarterback.

• Wide receiver James Washington was wearing a sling over his left arm on Monday. Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Sunday night that Washington injured his AC joint.

• Inside linebacker Mark Barron was walking without a limp after leaving Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury.

Tomlin should be expected to update the status of all of the Steelers’ injured players during his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

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Steelers Injury Updates: DL Chris Wormley to Have MRI on Knee; Hilton, Watt to Return to Practice

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The Steelers will be without a number of players during the early portion of the week, but head coach Mike Tomlin did not rule anyone out entirely for this Sunday’s visit to the Baltimore Ravens.

Defensive lineman Chris Wormley seems to have the most significant ailment. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI on his knee to evaluate the injury he suffered against the Tennessee Titans.

Safety Jordan Dangerfield injured his quad against the Titans and Tomlin expects him to be limited in practice during the early part of the week.

Both Steelers that missed the trip to Tennessee are scheduled to return to practice this week, as fullback Derek Watt (hamstring strain) and Nickel cornerback Mike Hilton (shoulder) are both expected to get back to work.

Linebacker Robert Spillane (shoulder) and wide receiver Diontae Johnson (ankle bruise) are both expected to be able to play this week, though it sounds as if a number of Steelers players may not participate in the early week tune-up sessions.

“Bumps and bruises along the way may limit a guy or two along the way, a Wednesday practice, but we don’t worry too much about that,” Tomlin said. “We’re excited about some of the younger guys getting a chance to work.”

Running back Trey Edmunds was elevated from the practice squad place of Watt for special teams and defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux played fullback in heavy offensive sets. Cam Sutton filled in for a season-high snap count, with Justin Layne replacing Sutton in the Dime package.

Mondeaux also helped replace Wormley on the defensive line while he left with injury and if Wormley is unable to dress on Sunday, Isaiah Buggs would likely work back into the rotation.

Dangerfield is another important special teams contributor and Edmunds could once again be called upon to replace him if he’s out and Watt returns.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson Has Ankle Bruise, Says He Won’t Miss Playing Time

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Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson said that he has an ankle bruise and should not miss any playing time after he left the Steelers’ game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in the fourth quarter.

Johnson left the game after competing a crucial first down as the Steelers were looking to seal the game offensively, but after he left, Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception, and the Steelers had to sweat out a long Stephen Gostkowski field goal before coming away with the win.

Johnson was crucial to the winning effort, as he scored two touchdowns and led the Steelers with 15 targets, which he turned into nine catches for 80 yards.

He has dealt with several injury issues this season. Johnson suffered a back injury against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5 and missed the Steelers’ Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns, but was able to return to practice in the week leading up to the Titans game. He has also dealt with a nagging toe issue throughout the 2020 season.

Through five games played, Johnson has 24 catches for 227 and three touchdowns.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson Leaves Game vs. Titans in 4th Quarter

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Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson left his team’s Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans with an injury on Sunday afternoon.

Johnson was injured while picking up a critical first down late in fourth quarter.

He left the game after making nine catches on 15 targets for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

Johnson suffered a back injury against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5 and missed the Steelers’ Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns, but was able to return to practice in the week leading up to the Titans game. In his first four games, Johnson had 15 catches for 147 and one touchdown.

He has also dealt with a nagging toe issue throughout the 2020 season.

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