The Pittsburgh Steelers will have a well-deserved bye this coming week and the timing is perfect due to all of the injuries the team has sustained the last several weeks. One of those players who was inactive Sunday night against the Los Angeles Chargers due to a concussion, quarterback Mason Rudolph, is expected to be ready for the Steelers post-bye Monday night home game against the Miami Dolphins, according to Jeremy Fowler of espn.com.
According to Fowler, Rudolph, who traveled with the team this weekend despite being ruled out for the Week 6 Sunday night game with a concussion, is eyeing a Week 8 return to the lineup. He is planning to be cleared from concussion protocol as the team comes off their bye week and prepares for the Dolphins on Monday Night Football, assuming no unexpected setbacks.
Rudolph was ruled out for the Steelers Sunday night game against the Chargers on the Friday injury report after being limited in all three of the team’s practices. He was in concussion protocol as a result of being knocked unconscious by Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas in the the third quarter of the Steelers Week 5 Sunday home game.
Rudolph is expected to be the Steelers starting quarterback against the Dolphins a week from tonight and Devlin Hodges, who won his first career NFL start Sunday night against the Chargers, is expected to go back to being the team’s backup.