The Pittsburgh Steelers players, coaches and fans were given a huge scare on Sunday when Mason Rudolph laid motionless on the Heinz Field turf after Earl Thomas hit him high on a pass attempt.
Rudolph would eventually move and walk off the field with assistance, but was taken to the local hospital for further evaluation.
The Steelers ended up losing to the Baltimore Ravens 26-23 in overtime, but the outcome of the game took a backseat to Rudolph’s overall health. After all, it wasn’t long ago players and fans saw Ryan Shazier lay motionless on the Paul Brown turf on Monday Night Football.
Mike Tomlin didn’t give any update in his post-game press conference, but ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler is reporting Rudolph has been released from the hospital and is home resting as he begins his recovery from his head injury.
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
This doesn’t mean Rudolph will be cleared to play any sooner, but it is a great sign as medical professionals felt his injury was the kind where they could allow him to leave and be on his own. If there was any risk of further injury, or the need for him to be under the careful watch of doctors and nurses, he wouldn’t be permitted to leave.
A good sign for Rudolph’s health, but he still likely has a long way to go before he can even think about returning to practice. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6 on Sunday Night Football.