Steelers backup quarterback Mason Rudolph was knocked out of the team's game against the Ravens on Sunday after taking a scary helmet-to-helmet hit in the third quarter, collapsing on the field unconscious.
The injury occurred on third-and-11 from Pittsburgh's 12-yard line. Rudolph completed a 26-yard pass to James Washington before being simultaneously hit from behind by Brandon Carr and from the front by Earl Thomas. Replays showed Rudolph’s eyes rolling back as he lost consciousness, and his limbs flopped as he hit the Heinz Field turf.
There was no flag on the play. Several players appeared to be trying to shake Rudolph awake, and JuJu Smith-Schuster was spotted getting emotional on the field.
A stretcher was brought out before Rudolph was able to stand on his feet and be helped off the field with his facemask removed. He appeared to be reassuring his teammates on his way out, repeating "I'm good."
Rudolph had to be carried off the field after the medical cart failed to start on the field.
The Steelers ruled Rudolph out for the remainder of the game with a concussion. He left the stadium for further evaluation at a nearby hospital.
Rudolph was 13-of-20 for 131 yards and a touchdown before the injury. Devlin Hodges took over under center for Pittsburgh.