Mason Rudolph

Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback #2
Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback #2

Mason Rudolph News

Agrees to one-year extension

Rudolph and the Steelers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: The agreement, which Rudolph and the Steelers agreed upon on the eve of the 2021 NFL Draft, keeps the 2018 third-round pick under contract through 2022. Rudolph is currently slated to serve as the top backup to Ben Roethlisberger during the 2021 season, and he could be in the mix as the team considers its plans at quarterback long-term.

Apr 29, 2021 3:36 PM EST

Slated for backup role in 2021

Rudolph is expected to serve as the Steelers' backup quarterback in 2021 following news that Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger's 2020 season was underwhelming by most metrics, but the Steelers nevertheless want their franchise quarterback for another season. In turn, Rudolph will spend the final year of his rookie contract as the backup to Roethlisberger. The 2018 third-round pick started in Week 17 against the Browns and completed 56 percent of his passes for 315 yards (8.1 YPA), two touchdowns and an interception.

Feb 23, 2021 6:27 PM EST

Tops 300 yards in Week 17

Rudolph completed 22 of 39 passes for 315 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while also rushing once for one yard in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Rudolph received a spot start in Sunday's regular-season finale while Ben Roethlisberger rested ahead of the team's playoff run. He completed 56.4 percent of his passes against Cleveland, averaging 8.1 yards per attempt in the loss. He was replaced by Joshua Dobbs late in the game but still topped 300 yards for the first time in his career. Rudolph will revert to a backup role during the playoffs and should do the same in 2021 if Roethlisberger continues playing next season.

Jan 4, 2021 12:09 PM EST

To get spot start Sunday

Rudolph will receive a spot start Sunday in Cleveland, Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday that Ben Roethlisberger and other veterans to be determined won't suit up in the regular-season finale to fit in some rest before the playoffs. Rudolph has only played 21 snaps on offense this year, but in 10 appearances in 2019 he completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,765 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Dec 29, 2020 9:18 AM EST

Prepping for possible Week 10 start

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Rudolph will receive the bulk of the reps at quarterback in practice this week with starter Ben Roethlisberger (knees) uncertain to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to this weekend's game against the Bengals, Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger was one of four Steelers placed on the list Tuesday after those players were identified to have been high-risk close contacts of tight end Vance McDonald, who tested positive for COVID-19 following Sunday's 24-19 win over the Cowboys. Even though Roethlisberger has tested negative for the coronavirus, he'll still be forced to self-isolate for five days in accordance with NFL protocols, meaning he won't be able to practice Wednesday through Friday. Roethlisberger will continue to take part in virtual meetings with the Steelers and will remain prepared to start Week 10 if he's activated from the list when eligible Saturday, but Rudolph waits in the wings in case the veteran can't go. Rudolph's last NFL start came against this same Bengals team back on Nov. 24, 2019, when he struggled through two quarters before being pulled in favor of Devlin Hodges.

Nov 10, 2020 10:27 AM EST

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.

Feb 28, 2020 12:08 PM EST

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.

Jan 1, 2020 6:27 AM EST

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.

Dec 24, 2019 9:54 AM EST

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.

Dec 24, 2019 8:46 AM EST

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.

Dec 24, 2019 7:55 AM EST

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.

Dec 23, 2019 11:20 AM EST

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.

Dec 23, 2019 10:21 AM EST

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.

Dec 22, 2019 12:37 PM EST

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.

Nov 26, 2019 9:20 AM EST

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.

Nov 25, 2019 6:17 AM EST

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.

Nov 24, 2019 12:04 PM EST

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.

Nov 15, 2019 11:16 AM EST

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.

Nov 14, 2019 9:23 PM EST

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.

Oct 16, 2019 2:21 PM EST

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.

Oct 16, 2019 8:27 AM EST

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