Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph was hospitalized after a devastating hit by Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas II in the third quarter:
Steelers’ QB Mason Rudolph has been hospitalized after taking a big hit today:https://t.co/mcCysNqBuc
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 6, 2019
And we do mean devastating. It looks like he’s out cold as soon as contact is made:
Hope Mason Rudolph is OK after this hit.
— Jordan Dajani (@JordanDajani) October 6, 2019
Look at how his teammates reacted:
Mason Rudolph is down on the field motionless after getting hit as he completed a pass to James Washington. Al Villanueva rapidly waving for trainers to come on. This is scary.
— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) October 6, 2019
JuJu’s reaction to Mason Rudolph’s limp, motionless body is absolutely devastating. pic.twitter.com/yjIcs2ZSpb
— Josh Hill (@jdavhill) October 6, 2019
Thomas was not ejected from the game, but could still face league discipline after it’s reviewed:
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 6, 2019
Rudolph was set to be taken off on a stretcher. . .
Mason Rudolph about to be taken off on a stretcher. Has been lifted to his feet and thankfully is talking and moving. Players were visibly shaken, including Ryan Shazier who experienced a potentially life-altering hit not that long ago
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 6, 2019
. . .but the medical cart broke down:
Annnnnnnnd the cart that was supposed to take Mason Rudolph off the field has broken down pic.twitter.com/iDEHVQtY9i
— Barstool Sports (@BarstoolsTweets) October 6, 2019
The NFL is investigating:
Stadium source: The medical cart that would have transported Mason Rudolph from the field failed because of operator error, not because it broke down. The NFL has already called to investigate. Plus, according to source, Rudolph wanted to walk off the field, not be carted.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) October 6, 2019
After the game, Thomas defended the hit, saying “I hit the strike zone like we talk about. I didn’t go high”:
Earl Thomas on Mason Rudolph hit: "I hit the strike zone like we talk about. I didn’t go high. I didn’t intentionally try to hurt him. I’m worried about him. I heard he’s at the hospital. My prayers go out to him and his family. I’ve never tried to hurt anybody."
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) October 6, 2019