The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 season was one to forget when it comes to the quarterback position. They lose Ben Roethlisberger to a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2. Then came Mason Rudolph’s nasty concussion vs. the Baltimore Ravens. Devlin Hodges took over, and when Rudolph returned he never seemed right.
After Hodges’ inconsistent play saw Mike Tomlin go back to Rudolph vs. the New York Jets, Rudolph looked as if he was ready to take the reigns of the offense once again. However, a shoulder injury saw him leave the game and miss Week 17.
It wasn’t reported what the injury was immediately after the game, and Mike Tomlin said at his end of the season press conference he didn’t think any players were going to require surgery this offseason.
Things changed as it is being reported by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN that Rudolph had a fractured AC joint and had offseason surgery to repair the injury.
Mason Rudolph recently resumed throwing footballs coming off surgery for a fractured AC joint. He’s expected to be a full go for offseason work, and could get significant reps as Ben Roethlisberger recovers from elbow surgery.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 28, 2020
Rudolph will reportedly be ready to go for offseason workouts, which is a good thing considered Ben Roethlisberger isn’t likely to be cleared before minicamp and Organized Team Activities (OTAs).
The surgery to Rudolph’s shoulder wasn’t the only injury to be done to a Steelers player this offseason. The most noteworthy was a sports hernia surgery to wide receiver Diontae Johnson.
Both players should be ready to go for training camp this summer.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they wrap up the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, and prepare for the new league year to begin on March 18th.