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Mike Tomlin announces Devlin Hodges as the Steelers’ starter vs. the Browns in Week 13

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With the focus on winning this game, Tomlin announced Hodges will start this week before reevaluating the situation week-to-week

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In his weekly press conference on Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin announced Devlin Hodges will be the Steelers’ starting quarterback for Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.

Tomlin addressed the situation as to why they went with Hodges over Mason Rudolph specifically for this week against the Browns.

As for the long term starter at the position, Tomlin is only specifying who the starter is for the next game. Beyond that, it will be a week-to-week decision as to who will start under center for the Steelers to give them the best chance to win.

Coach Tomlin also admitted that some of the struggles with Rudolph lately has not been completely on him as the Steelers have been decimated with injuries on the offensive side of the ball. Even with injuries as a factor, there is still no excuse for sub-par play.

As for Rudolph’s future with the team in 2019 and beyond, Coach Tomlin stated this is not any indication as to Rudolph’s future with the organization.

When it comes to what they expect from Hodges on Sunday, Tomlin expected the same result as what he said following Hodges’ win in Los Angeles over the Chargers.

As to why Hodges became the starter over Rudolph specifically for this week, Tomlin referenced the spark he gave the offense when he came onto the field in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Steelers’ 16–10 win in Week 12.

Hodges will be starting his second career game in the NFL, and his first at Heinz Field this Sunday. With the prior incident against the Browns looming over both teams, everyone is bracing for a physical and heated matchup. With Hodges being known for his composure in his limited work during the regular season, perhaps his confidence will be more than just a spark in order to secure a victory for the Steelers on Sunday.

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