Mason Rudolph at Steelers facility Monday

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Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was released from the hospital on Sunday night after suffering a concussion on a hit to the head from Ravens safety Earl Thomas that knocked him unconscious.

That was a positive sign about Rudolph’s condition and Monday brought another one.

Multiple reporters at the Steelers facility passed along word that Rudolph was in the building and talking to teammates. Players in the concussion protocol aren’t permitted to speak with reporters, but the media members who saw Rudolph shared that he appeared to be in good spirits while he was on hand.

None of that sheds any light into Rudolph’s recovery timeline, but learning he’s up and around after how scary things looked after the initial hit is a good update to get.

53 responses to “Mason Rudolph at Steelers facility Monday

  1. I will be very interested in hearing what the penalty for Carr wil be for the hit to the head with a helmet from behind. And also Thomas for the hit to the head with a helmet from the front.

    Roughing the passer is explicit on two violations for both of these guys

    Hit to the head when player is in a defenceless position.

    Use of the defenders helmet to hit the player.

    Either is a violation

    Both carr and Thomas violated both. You might argue Thomas hot did most of the damage, or that like in a one two punch Carr’s hit opened Rudolph up to be blown up by Thomas.

    Moot really. They both should be suspended.

  2. Wishing Mason the best, seriously.

    But am I the only one who was looking for Ben to come into the game yesterday when Mason went down?

  3. He will start on Sunday. It’s either he or Barney Rubble. Guy should probably sit for 6 weeks to recover.

  4. That young man should evaluate seriously retiring from the NFL. That wasn’t a direct hit to the head and still went unconscious for a while. A direct hit may have devastated his life. Do something else, just don’t do this.

  5. joeychittwood says:
    October 7, 2019 at 2:07 pm
    and amazingly,
    Earl Thomas was at the Ravens facility this morning too instead of 245 Park Ave having a hearing

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    Bisciotti has a membership at Augusta and he and Goodell play there together. This is why nothing ever happens the slimebucket Ravens organization.

  6. tavisteelersfan says:
    October 7, 2019 at 2:06 pm
    I will be very interested in hearing what the penalty for Carr wil be for the hit to the head with a helmet from behind. And also Thomas for the hit to the head with a helmet from the front.

    Roughing the passer is explicit on two violations for both of these guys

    Hit to the head when player is in a defenceless position.

    Use of the defenders helmet to hit the player.

    Either is a violation

    Both carr and Thomas violated both. You might argue Thomas hot did most of the damage, or that like in a one two punch Carr’s hit opened Rudolph up to be blown up by Thomas.

    Moot really. They both should be suspended.
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    Doubtful either of them will be suspended, but it will just be a small hit to their wallets. The thing about Thomas is he isn’t known as a dirty player, but it bothered me that he said he hit Rudolph “in the target area” and hit him from the side. Maybe he should be in the concussion protocol if that’s what he really believed happened.

  7. The hit by Thomas was unnecessary and quite frankly late, but that’s Raven football taught by Harbaugh. Also Pats trolls commenting about slimy teams should shut their pie hole because they took out Allen on a cheap shot. Gee is Brady next….?

  8. Glad the young man is ok, but the steelers are about as as relevant as the Bengals. They just lost at home to their arch rivals to go 1-4. Thought it was supposed to be happy town after the departure of Brown and Bell. Last week a fan posted he thought they could still go 11-5. I told ya so, even before Roethlisberger got hurt. Reveling in the misery of the most delusional, obnoxious fan base in the league. Want a ticket to the next home game? Go to the box office. Maybe they’ll pay you.

  9. Assuming Rudolph is following his doctors advice then ny sign that the doctors don’t have him in a low light no noise environment is a good sign.

  10. Early Thomas has always been a,dirty player always looking to spear his opponents with his helmet at full speed. I’ve seen him do it many times in Seattle. He’s a headhunter trying to injure players. He’s not happy just making good wrapup tackles, he wants to injure them and knock them out. Hopefully he gets a suspended until rudolph is healthy and ready to play, However long that is.

  11. Instead of sending good wishes, Steelers’ fans are once again using this post to scream for revenge. Funny how not too long ago they were laughing hysterically every time James Harrison sent a player to the hospital.

  12. Earl Thomas should not be suspended because Rudolphs momentum caused the injury, that’s why it wasn’t penalized.

    Watch it again, the player behind Rudolph barely touched him and Thomas did nothing more than just jump a split second before Rudolph did. Rudolph scrambling jumped to make the throw and landed jaw first into Thomas’ helmet which knocked himself out.

    Literally just a wrong place at the wrong time play and not a malicious hit. The last thing we need is the NFL to start fining and suspending players because a QB runs into them. Breathing in their direction is already roughing the passer as is.

  13. canedaddy says:
    October 7, 2019 at 2:27 pm
    Glad he’s OK.

    It was a clean hit, by the way.

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    No, it’s not. You can’t hit the QB in the head. And back in 2010, they made it a point to suspend players for lunging at the other player usnig their helmet to hit them in the head.

    Get it?

    It’s clearly not legal and no one has any idea how Thomas was not ejected.

    I don’t care for either team, but the fact it was a targeted hit and not incidental in any way, means it is a penalty and an ejection. Suspension is another discussion, but it should be considered.

  14. If you’re going to suspend Burfict, then you have to suspend Thomas. Thomas is as dirty as they come. He lives off dirty hits to the head. He’s been doing it for years.

  15. Vasteelerfan says:
    October 7, 2019 at 2:29 pm
    The hit by Thomas was unnecessary and quite frankly late, but that’s Raven football taught by Harbaugh. Also Pats trolls commenting about slimy teams should shut their pie hole because they took out Allen on a cheap shot. Gee is Brady next….?

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    Cheap shots? When in the history of the NFL has a team’s coach intentionally tripped a player on the opposing team?

  16. I’m not a fan of either the steelers or the ravens. I’m also not a sniveling, whining patriots fan that thinks every penalty given to the patriots is some egregious injustice, and every non-call for 31 other teams is part of anti-patriots conspiracy. But there was nothing dirty about that hit. The hit from behind (well below the head and legal) altered how the hit from the front was absorbed. NO fines. No suspensions.

  17. I’m glad he’s ok. Prayed for him the second it happened. Some collisions are not avoidable.

  18. The rules as written say:

    A passer who is standing still or fading backward after the ball has left his hand is obviously out of the play and must not be unnecessarily contacted by an opponent through the end of the down or until the passer becomes a blocker, or a runner, or, in the event of a change of possession during the down, until he assumes a distinctly defensive position. However, at any time after the change of possession, it is a foul if:

    an opponent forcibly hits the quarterback’s head or neck area with his helmet, facemask, forearm, or shoulder
    if an opponent lowers his head and makes forcible contact with any part of his helmet against any part of the passer’s body. This provision does not prohibit incidental contact by the mask or the helmet in the course of a conventional block.

    But all your opinions are nice too.

  19. SWFLPC.INC says:
    October 7, 2019 at 3:04 pm
    Vasteelerfan says:
    October 7, 2019 at 2:29 pm
    The hit by Thomas was unnecessary and quite frankly late, but that’s Raven football taught by Harbaugh. Also Pats trolls commenting about slimy teams should shut their pie hole because they took out Allen on a cheap shot. Gee is Brady next….?

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    Cheap shots? When in the history of the NFL has a team’s coach intentionally tripped a player on the opposing team?

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    That’s rich coming from a Dolphins fan who team has been busted more times with Don Shula as their coach. Mike Tomlin manned up took his punishment one time. Hasn’t done anything prior or before. How many times has Shula been busted?

  20. “Literally just a wrong place at the wrong time play and not a malicious hit. The last thing we need is the NFL to start fining and suspending players because a QB runs into them. Breathing in their direction is already roughing the passer as is.”

    So you are saying Rudolf knocked himself out and Thomas just happened to be standing there? Thomas has been delivering hits for 10 years. He knows how to make it look OK without it being OK.

  21. Cheap shots? When in the history of the NFL has a team’s coach intentionally tripped a player on the opposing team?

    I don’t know but Tomlin didnt touch anyone and no matter how many times you say it it wont change. Sorry that it breaks you bigoted little heart.
    And Pats fans saying they wish the kid well and then ripping the Steelers and their fans……what a miserable life you must have if you cant put Homerism aside when a kids life has been changed by a questionable hit. Some fans just are starving for attention I guess or maybe its friends ….or both.

    Glad to hear Mason is ok and looking forward to a big fine for the hit.

  22. How was the hit on Rudolph any different than the hit Vontaze Burfict put on Doyle last week ?

    On the final possession of the half, why did Tomlin let 17 seconds run off the clock before Rudolph fired away twin incompletions.

    Why did Tomlin not ice the kicker on the OT FG with a timeout ?

  23. Glad the young man is ok, but the steelers are about as as relevant as the Bengals.

    Somehow those two statements shouldn’t be in the same sentence only a very hateful person would feel that to be appropriate. Being a rabid fan is ok but just being rabid is being an animal.

  24. SWFLPC.INC says:
    October 7, 2019 at 3:04 pm
    Vasteelerfan says:
    October 7, 2019 at 2:29 pm
    The hit by Thomas was unnecessary and quite frankly late, but that’s Raven football taught by Harbaugh. Also Pats trolls commenting about slimy teams should shut their pie hole because they took out Allen on a cheap shot. Gee is Brady next….?

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    Cheap shots? When in the history of the NFL has a team’s coach intentionally tripped a player on the opposing team?

    10 4 Rate This

    That’s rich coming from a Dolphins fan who team has been busted more times with Don Shula as their coach. Mike Tomlin manned up took his punishment one time. Hasn’t done anything prior or before. How many times has Shula been busted?

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    You won’t get me to defend Don Shula…he could not even win with Dan Marino. But to my knowledge he never tripped an opposing player

  25. He was fine yesterday, just think of the boost the Steelers would have gotten if he ran out of the tunnel!
    League is getting too soft.

  26. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    October 7, 2019 at 2:41 pm
    Early Thomas has always been a,dirty player always looking to spear his opponents with his helmet at full speed. I’ve seen him do it many times in Seattle. He’s a headhunter trying to injure players. He’s not happy just making good wrapup tackles, he wants to injure them and knock them out. Hopefully he gets a suspended until rudolph is healthy and ready to play, However long that is.
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    That’s patently untrue. Pete Carroll doesn’t teach that nor tolerate it. But I would agree that hit yesterday was dirty. I would also note he is no longer under the constraints of the Seahawk system, which no way no how condones that style of play. Hard hits are fine but illegal hits are not.

  27. jaygrudensmokes says:
    October 7, 2019 at 4:46 pm
    He was fine yesterday, just think of the boost the Steelers would have gotten if he ran out of the tunnel!

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    Yeah, but the thing is, in Steeler land, the only one allowed to do that is Ben.

  28. One thing that caught my attention yesterday, was the commentator stating that the Steelers have the 2nd youngest offense in the NFL. I feel that this will somehow play into the decision of who is the starting QB for the Steelers next year.
    Other observations. Mason appears to be the real deal as the future QB for the Steelers. There is a lot to like from a QB who does not yet have a lot of regular season starting experience. I am seeing improvement every week, and he clearly outplayed the Ravens starting QB. I also liked Hodges, who may have a long-term future as a backup QB for the Steelers. Finally, I was correct in my belief that this Steeler defense would make a statement. Lamar’s QB rating was somewhere in the 50’s range, he was intercepted three (3) times, and sacked five (5) times. The Ravens Offense was held to about half of the total yardage they normally average. With the exception of the first game against the Patriots, the Steelers have lost all four (4) very close games, at the very end of those games, or in overtime last week. IMO, they clearly appear to be headed in the right direction, regarding the future. They continue to get better each week, as they learn to play together.

  29. It looks a bit strange in that Thomas had his forearm up bracing for a hit rather than reaching out to stop the ball from being thrown, so in his mind, it was about the hit, but he didn’t quite lead with the head. However he hit him sideways in the sweet spot for a knockout. It’s a hard one to judge with regard to fines and suspensions. But the bracing of the forearm does indicate he was aiming to hit him….and to a degree, deal out some pain. The intent was there. I’d vote for a good fine and a warning, but no suspension. Had he been reaching out to knock down the football I’d say no fine, no suspension.

  30. Glad he’s up and around.

    Overall I don’t think it would matter if he’s under center or Hodges or whomever…this teams season is done. They won’t win 5 games total and it’s quite puzzling, really. Injuries are what they are, but this team took a turn in the wrong direction and can’t seem to figure it out. If Tomlin is as unhappy with the kick return game as he’s indicated, why didn’t he make changes to the staff in that regard? The defense has been better this year, but can they stop the run? Has the o-line suddenly forgot how to run block? There could be some significant staff changes coming in the form of the HC,DC,OC, & STC if they don’t have a banner second half of the season.

  31. Great. Now the Steelers can put the medical cart next to the X-ray machine, next to their Head Coach.

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