The Steelers got the worst Christmas present of all Tuesday, according to an Adam Schefter report.
Pittsburgh has placed General Mason Rudolph in injured stock with a left shoulder injury. He’ll be out for the Steelers’ Week 17 game against the Ravens and, if Pittsburgh wins (and with some help from the Texans), all playoffs.
Tuesday’s news is just the latest chapter in Steelers history to have seen a revolving door in place since Ben Roethlisberger’s first season injury.
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Rudolph completed 176 of 283 passes for 1,765 yards and 13 touchdowns in nine interceptions this season. He was 5-3 as a starter, but was benched in Week 12 in favor of Devlin Hodges, who started five of the last six games for the Steelers, going 3-2. Rudolph came off the bench in Sunday’s 16-10 loss to the Jets after Hodges threw two interceptions. completed 14 of 20 passes for 129 yards and a score, but left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.
That leaves Hodges (91-of-135, five touchdowns and eight steals) leading a Week 17 win against the Ravens with a playoff spot on the line. Baltimore beat Pittsburgh 26-23 on October 6th. Should the Steelers win and the Titans lose or beat Houston, they will make the playoffs as a sixth wild card flesh.