Mason Rudolph

Mason Rudolph

Quarterback #2
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 235 lb.
College:Oklahoma State
Born:July 17, 1995
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 3 (76)
Draft Team:PIT

Mason Rudolph: Resumes throwing

Rudolph (shoulder) has resumed throwing footballs, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: The report adds that the 2018 third-rounder, who is bouncing back from off surgery to address a fractured AC joint, is expected to be full go for offseason work. In that context, Rudolph could be in line to significant QB reps out of the gate, with veteran starter Ben Roethlisberger on the mend from elbow surgery.

February 28, 2020 12:08 PM EST

Mason Rudolph: Recovering from surgery

Rudolph (shoulder) had surgery last week to address a posterior sternoclavicular dislocation, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: The injury is considered to be a medical emergency because the displaced clavicle can puncture the aorta or trachea, among other things. Fortunately, Rudolph avoided any of the scarier outcomes, staying in a trauma unit for three days after he had surgery. He anticipates a two-month recovery period, which could allow for participation at the beginning of Pittsburgh's offseason program. The 24-year-old quarterback likely will enter 2020 vying for a backup role behind Ben Roethlisberger, who had surgery on his right elbow Sept. 23. Coach Mike Tomlin suggested Rudolph will be ahead of Devlin Hodges when the team gets back to work in April, Brooke Pryor of reports.

January 1, 2020 6:27 AM EST

Mason Rudolph: Not having shoulder surgery

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Rudolph won't undergo shoulder surgery, Chris Adamski of reports.

Analysis: Rudolph's second pro season officially ended when he was placed on IR on Monday, the result of a left shoulder injury suffered Week 16 against the Jets. Earlier Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Rudolph underwent a procedure to reset a sternoclavicular joint dislocation in the shoulder in question. Tomlin proceeded to dispute the report but didn't add his two cents regarding Rudolph's health. In any case, Rudolph appears as if he'll be devoting his immediate future to rehabbing the shoulder.

December 24, 2019 9:54 AM EST

Mason Rudolph: Suffers shoulder joint dislocation

Rudolph sustained a sternoclavicular (SC) joint dislocation in his left shoulder against the Jets and underwent a successful surgery to reset it. He will be able to begin throwing again in six-to-eight weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rudolph was already placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his year, but it looks like he will be recovered in plenty of time for next season's offseason program. It is unclear at this point what the Steelers are planning to do at quarterback for next season, as Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is now 37 and has suffered many injuries over the course of the past few seasons. If Roethlisberger decides to forgo the final two years of his contract, Rudolph could be in a position to take the reins in Pittsburgh, depending on what the team does in the 2020 draft.

December 24, 2019 8:46 AM EST

Mason Rudolph: Officially placed on IR

Rudolph (shoulder) was placed on the injured reserve list Tuesday, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Rudolph sustained his season-ending injury after taking a snap under center, stumbling back and subsequently being tackled onto his left shoulder by multiple Jets defenders. Rudolph becomes the second Steelers' quarterback to be placed on injured reserve after Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) hit the list following Week 2. Devlin "Duck" Hodges and Paxton Lynch are now the only healthy quarterbacks on Pittsburgh's roster heading into final game of the regular season against the Ravens, with Hodges presumably set to draw the start. The Steelers can clinch a playoff birth with a win and a Titans loss.

December 24, 2019 7:55 AM EST

Mason Rudolph: Out multiple weeks

Rudolph is slated to miss multiple weeks due to a left shoulder injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Not only will Rudolph miss the Steelers' regular-season finale at Baltimore, which Adam Schefter of ESPN reported earlier Monday, but the second-year signal-caller isn't expected to be available for wild-card weekend in the event the team achieves a playoff berth. With Rudolph out of commission, Pittsburgh will roll with undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges under center this Sunday while Paxton Lynch handles backup duty.

December 23, 2019 11:20 AM EST

Mason Rudolph: Expected to miss Week 17 game

Rudolph (left shoulder) is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With Rudolph (who replaced Devlin Hodges in Week 16's 16-10 loss to the Jets before hurting his shoulder) not in line to play this coming weekend, Hodges is slated to continue to serve as the Steelers' starting QB, backed up by Paxton Lynch.

December 23, 2019 10:21 AM EST

Mason Rudolph: Exits Sunday's game

Rudolph left Sunday's game against the Jets with a shoulder injury, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: After taking over for Devlin Hodges in the second quarter of the contest, Rudolph completed 14-of-20 passes for 129 yards and a TD, but Hodges is back in the game now that Rudolph is banged up.

December 22, 2019 12:37 PM EST

Mason Rudolph: Loses starting job

Rudolph will move to a backup role Sunday versus the Browns after coach Mike Tomlin named Devlin Hodges the starting quarterback, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Rudolph was pulled at halftime of the Steelers' eventual Week 12 win at Cincinnati, a game in which he finished 8-for-16 passing, 85 yards and one interception. It's unclear of Tomlin's decision will extend beyond Sunday, but Rudolph hadn't exactly been clicking on all cylinders since returning from a concussion Week 8.

November 26, 2019 9:20 AM EST

Mason Rudolph: Could lose starting job

Coach Mike Tomlin declined to name Rudolph or Devlin Hodges as the starting quarterback for Week 13 against the Browns, Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports reports.

Analysis: Hodges led the Steelers to a 16-10 win over the Bengals on Sunday after Rudolph was benched early in the third quarter. Tomlin wasn't ready to announce his decision at the post-game press conference, but he should have an answer at some point this week. Rudolph ranks 27th out of 34 qualified passers in completion percentage (61.6), 33rd in yards per attempt (6.2) and 29th in interception rate (3.4). Hodges is an undrafted rookie from an FCS program, but he's been competent in his three NFL appearances, completing 27 of 40 passes (67.5 percent) for 318 yards (8.0 YPA), two touchdowns and one interception.

November 25, 2019 6:17 AM EST

Mason Rudolph: Pulled Sunday

Rudolph is exiting Sunday's game against the Bengals to be replaced by Delvin Hodges, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Rudolph's first half wasn't impressive, and he's been benched to begin the third quarter as a result. Before exiting Sunday's contest, Rudolph completed eight of 16 pass attempts for 85 yards and one interception. He was also sacked once.

November 24, 2019 12:04 PM EST

Mason Rudolph: May face fine for role in brawl

Rudolph could be subject to a fine for his role during the brawl that ensued late in the Steelers' 21-7 loss to the Browns on Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The second-year signal-caller was the victim of the most flagrant conduct of the fight, as Browns defensive end Myles Garrett pulled Rudolph's helmet off the quarterback's head and then swung it at an unprotected Rudolph. Garrett received an indefinite suspension for his actions, while Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey were handed one- and three-game suspensions, respectively. Though Rudolph avoided a suspension, the NFL will presumably review the video of the fight and determine whether the 24-year-old did anything to warrant a fine. In the meantime, Rudolph will look to move past an outing that was already an ugly one leading up to the fight that occurred with eight seconds remaining in the game. Rudolph finished the night with 23 completions on 44 attempts for 221 yards, a touchdown and a career-high four interceptions.

November 15, 2019 11:16 AM EST

Mason Rudolph: Tosses four interceptions in loss

Rudolph completed 23 of 44 passes for 221 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions in Pittsburgh's 21 - 7 loss to Cleveland Thursday night. He also ran twice for 15 yards.

Analysis: Rudolph struggled early managing just 102 yards passing in the first half as the Steelers fell behind 14-0. Injuries to James Conner (shoulder), JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) and Diontae Washington (concussion) -- all forced out of action and unable to return -- only compounded Pittsburgh's offensive woes. Forced to play from behind Rudolph attempted more passes than in any previous game and the four interceptions matched his season total. Sadly -- with the outcome of the game already decided and just eight seconds to play -- Rudolph was tackled late by Myles Garrett who then grabbed Rudolph's helmet and struck him in the head. Rudolph appeared to be unharmed but will likely be evaluated. Pittsburgh will have 10 days to determine if he can play against Cincinnati. Earlier this season -- in just his second career start -- Rudolph faced the Bengals and completed 24 of 28 passes for 229 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Now with a few more starts under his belt Rudolph should have success against a Bengals pass defense that allows the fourth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

November 14, 2019 9:23 PM EST

Mason Rudolph: Cleared to play

Rudolph is no longer in the NFL's concussion protocol, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: With Rudolph having been cleared by an independent neurologist, the QB will be able to work fully after the Steelers' Week 7 bye. In his looming return to action as a starter, Rudolph will face the 0-5 Dolphins. Meanwhile, Devlin Hodges is slated to resume working in a backup capacity.

October 16, 2019 2:21 PM EST

Mason Rudolph: Healthy enough to practice

Coach Mike Tomlin said Rudolph (concussion) would be a full participant if the Steelers were practicing Wednesday, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Rudolph is still in the concussion protocol, but he's apparently made enough progress to resume full participation in practice. It's a strong sign he'll be ready to play after a Week 7 bye, with the Steelers hosting the Dolphins in a highly anticipated Monday night game Week 8.

October 16, 2019 8:27 AM EST

Mason Rudolph: Remains in concussion protocol

Rudolph still is in the concussion protocol as of Tuesday evening, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With the Steelers on bye and not taking the field again until Monday, Oct. 28 against the Dolphins, there isn't much urgency for Rudolph to get over his concussion, at least not yet. On Monday, Jeremy Fowler of reported that Rudolph is aiming to be cleared by the team the Steelers reconvene next week, so plenty of time remains to get through all five steps of the protocol. During his sole absence this past Sunday against the Chargers, Devlin Hodges led the team to a 24-17 victory, completing 15 of 20 passes for 132 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

October 15, 2019 5:02 PM EST

Mason Rudolph: Targeting return in Week 8

Rudolph (concussion) is eyeing a return to action in the Steelers' Week 8 game against the Dolphins on Oct. 28, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Though Rudolph sat out Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers, the second-year signal-caller has been progressing quicker than expected after he was hospitalized following a helmet-to-helmet hit one week earlier in a loss to Baltimore. Rudolph resumed practicing on a limited basis last week and looks like he could be ready to advance to full-contact work -- if not clear the five-step concussion protocol entirely -- when the Steelers reconvene following a Week 7 bye. Undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges drew the start against the Chargers and completed 15 of 20 attempts for 132 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the outing, but that probably won't be enough to keep him atop the depth chart if Rudolph is given the green light to play in Week 8.

October 14, 2019 9:09 AM EST

Mason Rudolph: Ruled out for Week 6

Rudolph (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Chargers, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Rudolph was able to practice in a limited fashion this past week, but with a Week 7 bye on tap, the team will play it safe with him and start Devlin Hodges at QB on Sunday.

October 11, 2019 1:09 PM EST

Mason Rudolph: Logs another limited practice

Rudolph (concussion) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Rudolph is still in the NFL's concussion protocol and if he isn't cleared in advance of Sunday night's game, Devlin Hodges would be in line for his first NFL start. We'll circle back on the Steelers' QB situation Friday, but there's a chance that the team elects to play it safe with Rudolph and hold him out this weekend, with a Week 7 bye on tap.

October 10, 2019 2:42 PM EST

Mason Rudolph: Listed as limited Wednesday

Rudolph (concussion) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Rudolph remains in concussion protocol, but the QB's mere presence at practice Wednesday after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit in Sunday's overtime loss to the Ravens is a good sign. It remains to be seen, however, if he'll be cleared for this weekend's game against the Chargers. If the team elects to play it safe with Rudolph and hold him out versus Los Angeles with a Week 7 bye on tap, Devlin Hodges would be in line to draw the starting assignment.

October 9, 2019 2:13 PM EST

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