There was a scary moment in the third quarter of Sunday’s Week 5 game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.
Steelers QB Mason Rudolph took a brutal hit from Ravens safety Earl Thomas, knocking the 24-year-old unconscious and forcing him out of the game.
Rudolph was escaping pressure when he made the throw, but was sandwiched by Thomas in his front and Brandon Carr from behind. It was Thomas, though, who went head-first underneath Rudolph’s jaw and knocked the quarterback out.
Rudolph hit the back of his head on the ground as he lay there motionless.
Steelers teammates surrounded Rudolph and appeared to be emotional. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was seen falling to the ground.
Medical staff had to remove Rudolph’s facemask to assess him and brought out a stretcher, but he managed to get up on his feet, although wobbly, and walked off the field with some help. Some reports suggested there was a malfunction medical cart, while others believed he was allowed to walk off the field on his own will.
Among those who helped Rudolph off the field was Ryan Shazier — the former Steelers linebacker who sustained a life-altering hit in 2017 in which he was unable to move his legs at the time.
Third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges took over for Rudolph .