Mason Rudolph
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The Pittsburgh Steelers will not have Mason Rudolph under center for their Week 6 battle against the Los Angeles Chargers.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Rudolph (concussion) has been ruled out, and that undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges will make his first NFL start.

Rudolph was knocked out cold during last Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Earl Thomas hit him in the head on a sandwich tackle, and Rudolph was knocked unconscious before he ever hit the ground. That hit has subsequently garnered a $21,000 fine from the NFL, which Thomas is appealing.

Hodges, who joined the Steelers as an undrafted rookie out of Samford, played last week when Rudolph exited the game, completing 7-of-9 passes for 68 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions as Pittsburgh lost to Baltimore in overtime.

Jesse Reed
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