Earl Thomas on Mason Rudolph: “I’m worried about him”

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Ravens safety Earl Thomas felt terrible about knocking out Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph today.

Thomas said after the game that he wasn’t trying to hit Rudolph in the head and hated seeing him unconscious on the ground.

“I hit the strike zone like we talk about,” Thomas said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “I didn’t go high. I didn’t intentionally try to hurt him. I’m worried about him. I heard he’s at the hospital. My prayers go out to him and his family. I’ve never tried to hurt anybody.”

Thomas was flagged for the hit and will likely be fined for it as well. He certainly didn’t mean to send Rudolph to the hospital, but the NFL has made clear that defensive players need to avoid quarterbacks’ heads, and will be held accountable if they don’t.

35 responses to “Earl Thomas on Mason Rudolph: “I’m worried about him”

  1. Thomas launched himself at Rudolph high. Does he not think we can see the replay? Does he think we are as stupid and gullible as Fox news viewers?

  2. Whatever system the NFL is using to hold players accountable for head hits isn’t even close to working. If it had some semblance of working we would not be discussing these same kind of illegal hits time and time again weekend after weekend. The players aren’t really getting the message because the NFL higher-ups are so inconsistent in the accountability department.

  3. I hated seeing that happen to Rudolph, but I don’t see it as a dirty hit, just a very unfortunate one.

  4. vancouversportsbro says:
    October 6, 2019 at 6:06 pm
    I still love earl when he took out gronkowski. People kept acting like gronk was all invincible until he met big earl. First ballot hall of fame
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    I know, Thomas is so tough hitting Gronk from behind.
    Shoulda run the ball.
    Shouldn’t have too many soft swedes on your hockey team.

  5. Rudolph is 6’5”. He jumped and was airborne when he got hit in the head. It isn’t like he lowered his head and “ducked” into the hit. If that is the strike zone he is taught to hit then the Ravens coaching needs to be talked to. I would have more respect if Thomas would just say something like “i feel bad about the play. It was a bad hit. Missed my target. I was trying to make a legal hit on a moving target and missed”.

  6. Looking for posts where Hines Ward and James (Harrison expressed sympathy for injuring a player. Zilch.

  7. It’s an aggressive game. Hits like that will happen. I do t think this was intentional to hurt him, but it ended up badly. Fine Thomas and move on.

  8. Looking for posts where Hines Ward and James (Harrison expressed sympathy for injuring a player. Zilch.

    Your lack of compassion transcends your blatant Homerism. You don’t care about a young mans health and future tou just want to troll …..can you say I’m a jerk.

  9. Well someone should be doing more press work on this because we now have multiple Steeler players (Haden and Williams) posting pray for Mason tweets in the last 30 minutes. I can only hope they do not have more news than the rest of us.

  10. Only reason Rudy got hit is cuz the league gave the Stiller’s the ball after it clearly hit the ground (ask gene) Looks like old man Walt needs to retire or get his eyes checked cuz it’s a shame for him to let a kid get killed like that…

  11. Rudolph is going to be a good QB. Good to see him get up and off the field. Lamar “Pretty good for a running back” Jackson is who we thought he was too. The Ravens winning on running/defense not due to the next QB that is going “revolutionize” the position.

  12. NBA players know their goose lays golden eggs and so live and let live. In the NFL, the rule is kill or be killed.

  13. Haha you steeler whiners are hilarious. It was an unfortunate football play where 2 defenders met simultaneously at the QB as he was scrambling. There is ZERO comparison to Burfict. In today’s game it’s a 15 yard penalty,, and worth every single yard of it! It’s FOOTBALL, not figure skating. Its a rough game which is why they wear pads and helmets. Hope the kids ok but steeler fans tears are delicious. Hahaha

  14. No he isn’t. He’s only saying that because he doesn’t want to be fined. Besides, lying is just the way the Ravens do business. I’m surprised he didn’t blame Rudolph ran into him and he’s the one who should be fined. It worked with the Ray Rice incident…at least until the video came out and showed Harbaugh to be a total liar.

  15. I dont think it was a dirty shot. Just unfortunate. Most players aren’t trying to hurt anyone (Harrison, Burfict aside) These plays happen in a fraction of a second especially sacks on QBs. Quick recovery to Rudolph though..

  16. 1phillyphan says:
    October 6, 2019 at 7:37 pm
    I dont think it was a dirty shot. Just unfortunate. Most players aren’t trying to hurt anyone (Harrison, Burfict aside) These plays happen in a fraction of a second especially sacks on QBs. Quick recovery to Rudolph though..
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    Finally a voice of reason.

  17. toldlikeitis says:
    October 6, 2019 at 7:19 pm
    Rudolph is going to be a good QB. Good to see him get up and off the field. Lamar “Pretty good for a running back” Jackson is who we thought he was too. The Ravens winning on running/defense not due to the next QB that is going “revolutionize” the position.
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    Yeah ok smh. The Ravens D is ranked in the bottom half of the league and is one of the worse when it comes to pass defense. The defense has nothing to do with Lamar’s success this year. Lamar is successful because when you play the Ravens Offense, you’re playing 11 on 11 because of his ability to make plays with his legs. He’s the reason the Raven’s are number one in rushing and time of possession by a large margin. Did he struggle today against the Steelers? Absolutely. The Steelers have arguably the best front 4 in football. They whipped the Ravens OLine most of the afternoon. Despite that, LJ still made plays when he had to, and in the 4th Qtr, down by 3 with a little over 2 minutes to play, he got his team in field goal range to send to overtime. I’d say I don’t know a RB who could do that. I don’t know many QBs that can do that in their first game against Pittsburgh in their house.

  18. I don’t think Earl was being malicious. But he was being careless. And for the a fine should be forthcoming.

  19. Va Steeler fans need to watch the whole game to see that the ratio of dirty hits favored the Steelers instead of cherry picking one unfortunate tackle. Thomas is being sincere but Va Steeler fan just wants to be his old nasty self.

  20. I certainly don’t think Thomas intended to injure Rudolph but I also don’t think intent should matter when it comes to discipline in the NFL. If you want to take these hits out of the game I think the way to do it is simple: If a player is injured by an illegal hit, he is suspended for the same length of time that the injured player misses. If the injured player misses the rest of the game the offending player sits the rest of the game. If the injured player misses the following week, the hitter sits, too. The $10,000 and $20,000 fines mean nothing to these guys. Start costing them game checks and they will change the way they tackle.

  21. Thomas claims “I went for the strike zone…..”
    dude, Rudolph jumped to throw the pass, after you left your feet, and you still hit him in the jaw….. the “strike zone” isn’t the top of the helmet.

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