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Mason Rudolph leaves game with concussion

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter after taking a hard helmet-to-helmet hit from safety Earl Thomas.

Rudolph, who was briefly knocked unconscious during the hit, laid on the field for several minutes without any movement. The quarterback was later helped off the field by linemen B.J. Finney and Zach Banner, after the medical team had removed his facemask.

"You never want to see hits like that," said Cam Heyward. "That's why the rules are in place. We were just concerned for his safety. You can care less about the damn game or anything, you know, that's one of our buddies and it was a scary hit. Happy to see him walk off, but we knew what it was."

The Steelers announced later in the game that Rudolph had been diagnosed with a concussion and that he would not return to the game. His status is still unknown as he is being further evaluated. 

"It's pretty heartbreaking. Your stomach drops. It makes you sick," said David Decastro. "It's nice to see him walk off like that, but I'm sure he'll have a lot of tests to pass."

Devlin Hodges, who started the season as the Steelers' third string quarterback, moved into the starting role. 

"First thing I thought was, 'is Mason ok?' Mason is my guy," said Hodges, who finished the game going 7 of 9 for 68 yards, leading Pittsburgh on a 10-play, 87-yard drive that put them ahead 20-17 with 3:42 left in the third quarter.

"As soon as you saw him lying on the ground, I knew," said Hodges about his abrupt taking of the reigns for the offense. "I threw my headset down and ran and got my helmet. I didn't know how long he was going to be down for. I was ready to go in for 10 seconds or a minute or however long it took."

Rudolph is questionable for next Sunday's road game against the LA Chargers. 

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