Mike Tomlin won’t throw Mason Rudolph under the bus after a tie

Mike Tomlin won’t throw Mason Rudolph under the bus after a tie


Mike Tomlin didn’t have a glowing endorsement of Mason Rudolph after linking the Black Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger on the COVID list.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to go with quarterback Mason Rudolph under the center position on Sunday after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger began reporting COVID-19 symptoms Saturday and went into appropriate protocols established by the NFL. Since Rudolph usually takes most of the first-team reps in practice during the week, coach Mike Tomlin fully expected him to make his turn on Sunday for his 10th career start.

“He did what we expected him to do,” Tomlin said via Trib Live. “He gave us a chance to win, but this is not his first chance. This guy has been playing it for a while, so we expected him to play well, and we thought he gave us a chance to win.”

Rudolph made 30 of 50 passes for 242 yards. One of those completed items was the touchdown for James Washington while one of the incomplete ones fell into the hands of Detroit Lions midfielder Julian Okwara. The match ended after no team was able to put points on the board in overtime.

Mason Rudolph saves a tie for Pittsburgh against the Detroit Lions.

Although Rudolph gave the Steelers a chance to win on a cold, rainy afternoon at Heinz Field, the Steelers as a whole didn’t turn up their game. Linebacker TJ Watt received a sack and two extra singles tackles before collapsing with a knee injury in the second half, knocking him out of the match. Deonte Johnson and Pat Freiermuth both contributed to a costly overtime upset that saw seven different driving times and not score any goals. Unaware of turning back Nagy Harris, the match ended 16-16.

According to reports, Roethlisberger has been fully vaccinated and will be cleared of the COVID protocol and can return to the team once he is able to complete two negative COVID tests 24 hours apart. Until then, Rudolph will be the starting midfielder.

The Steelers’ next game in Los Angeles will be against the Chargers on Sunday Night Football.

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