The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they’ve placed quarterback Mason Rudolph on Reserve/Injured after suffering a left shoulder injury in their Week 16 loss to the New York Jets. Center/guard J.C. Hassenauer was promoted in a corresponding move.
Rudolph came in relief of Devlin Hodges Sunday, performing well and throwing the only touchdown pass of the day, connecting with Diontae Johnson right before the half to make it a 10-10 game going into the break. He suffered the injury in the second half when backup center B.J. Finney stepped on his foot, causing Rudolph to fall and be tackled into the ground.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Rudolph sustained a sternoclavicular (SC) joint dislocation on his left shoulder via the hit by two Jets player on Sunday. He has since had a successful procedure to reset it, was released from the hospital and can start throwing again in 6-8 weeks.
Hassenauer spent training camp with the Steelers. A member of the AAF during the spring, he was signed back to Pittsburgh’s practice squad on November 20th following Maurkice Pouncey’s two-game suspension.
Paxton Lynch will back up Hodges against the Baltimore Ravens this weekend.