Mason Rudolph ruled out, Devlin Hodges starts for Steelers

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The Steelers are down to their third-string quarterback.

Mason Rudolph has been ruled out after suffering a concussion last week, and that leaves Devlin Hodges to start on Sunday night against the Chargers. Former Broncos first-round pick Paxton Lynch will back Hodges up. Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season with an elbow injury.

The Steelers obviously weren’t hoping to start their third-string quarterback at this point in the season (or any point in the season), but they may be able to take a little solace in the fact that Hodges actually played well last week after Rudolph was knocked out of the game.

An undrafted rookie out of Samford, Hodges won the Walter Payton Award last year as the best player in FCS football, and he broke the FCS record for career passing yards, a record previously owned by Steve McNair. Now he’ll get his first NFL start, far earlier than anyone thought he was ready, and in prime time.

32 responses to “Mason Rudolph ruled out, Devlin Hodges starts for Steelers

  1. Tomlin grinning ear to ear now that he can blame the season on QB issues. Sure he’ll accept responsibility in one of his doinky press conferences but he knows he gets another year.

  2. This guy will be the next great story of a underdog QB out of nowhere who shocks the world. Remember how Kurt Warner arrived on the scene? Hodges has the team around him to be an immediate success. He’s got the arm to make all the throws. He has the vision to scan the field and the intelligence to rapidly absorb the playbook. He will light up the super Chargers Sunday Night on NBC so tune in to see history unfolding. The Steelers will finish 12-4, go to New England and crush the Patriots in the AFC title game with the Duckster at the helm.

  3. When I see stuff like this I am more able to understand why players don’t want to play when they’re just a little banged up. I understand more why some players are only in it for the money, and are “me” guys. The players can see that ownership isn’t all in on winning. There are better QB’s available, but ownership has higher priorities. I can understand why ownership doesn’t list winning as its top priority, but what comes around goes around. They can’t ask the players to be all in when they are not. That’s just not the way the world works. I also understand ownership is only making decisions based on what’s popular with the fan base. So the bottom line is the fans aren’t all in on winning either. And we wonder why Bill Belichick has won all those super bowls. He’ll do whatever it takes to win, and he doesn’t care what the fans or the media think.

  4. Why the Steelers-Chargers game was not flexed out in favor of Texans-Chiefs, Niners-Rams, Eagles-Vikings, or even Saints-Jags, is something I do not understand

  5. And we wonder why Bill Belichick has won all those super bowls. He’ll do whatever it takes to win
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    Oh, yes – yes he will.p

  6. How is one of very limited number of black coaches in the NFL, not putting his foot in the ground and at least giving Cap a workout?! I hope the Steelers are forced to play the punter at QB for keeping the NFL company line in this!!

  7. pittspuke7 says:
    October 11, 2019 at 4:32 pm
    Can he beat the the likes of Tim Tebow and Blake Bortles?
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    I’ve been watching football for 51 years. Never realized it was the QB’s job to prevent the opposing team’s QB from scoring. Who knew?

  8. It’s not that bad Steelers fans,

    The QB class is pretty rich and you’ll have a high pick to grab Ben’s replacement and…oh…wait….

  9. cybersqueak says:
    Shouldn’t have traded Dobbs

    Duck is better than Dobbs, he can throw.

    charliecharger says:
    There are better QB’s available, but ownership has higher priorities.

    Umm, CK is not better, and Steelers have a passing offense not a scrambling one, and Duck knows the play book. But keep that political narrative going.

  10. Ravens fan here, In 2004 Baltimore knocked Pittsburgh’s QB Tommy Maddox out of the 2nd game and rookie Big Ben came in and won 13 games and never looked back. So you never know. Hope and prayers to Rudolph for a complete recovery.

  11. coronalt says:
    October 11, 2019 at 6:16 pm
    Why the Steelers-Chargers game was not flexed out in favor of Texans-Chiefs, Niners-Rams, Eagles-Vikings, or even Saints-Jags, is something I do not understand
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    This might help you understand. This is the NFL policy regarding flexing games.

    “In effect during Weeks 5-17”

    “Up to 2 games may be flexed into Sunday Night between Weeks 5-10”

    “The NFL will decide (after consultation with CBS, FOX, NBC) and announce as early as possible the game being played at 8:15 p.m. ET. The announcement will come no later than 12 days prior to the game. The NFL may also announce games moving to 4:05 p.m. ET and 4:25 p.m. ET.”

    “Week 17 start time changes could be decided on 6 days notice to ensure a game with playoff implications.”

  12. The only good Dobbs could do on this year’s Steeler team would be that he could blow retreat on his bugle.

  13. partmachine says:
    October 11, 2019 at 4:53 pm
    Tomlin grinning ear to ear now that he can blame the season on QB issues. Sure he’ll accept responsibility in one of his doinky press conferences but he knows he gets another year.
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    I doubt Tomlin is going to try and blame anything on this kid…he knows if he does get fired he’s got a HC job waiting for him closer to home down in DC…and when he’s the coach of the ‘Skins he can blame all the losing on Snyder or Allen…

  14. This just reinforce how the NFL is litter with Average to BAD Quarterbacks, Thats why any of the TOP STAR Qbs should have zero tolerance in their demands on what players the teams should go after and who would be better Serve as their Coach/offensive Cordinators, and if they are not happy where they at just DEMAND a TRADE. * Just saying*

  15. thefiesty1 says:
    October 11, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    As long as Earl Thomas is ruled out too, I’m good
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    Aww, calm down cupcake. It was a clean hit with the shoulder. They only flagged and fined because the guy went to sleep and they would have a PR nightmare if they were objective about the hit.

  16. So Mason Rudolph starts two games and the coaches won’t let him throw past the line of scrimmage. Hodges comes in for a half and he’s slinging the ball all over the field. What’s up with that?

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