The Steelers began preparation for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Wednesday and quarterback Mason Rudolph was among those on the field practicing.
Rudolph was listed as limited, but just his presence alone was a lift for his teammates, including quarterback Devlin Hodges.
“It was great,” said Hodges. “Mason has been telling me he has been feeling really well. It’s good just to see him. That was a scary situation. A really scary situation. You are talking about knocked out pretty cold. To see him here, moving around and smiling, it’s a good sight.”
Rudolph suffered a concussion against the Ravens on Sunday, forcing him to leave the game and be replaced by Hodges.
“It was incredible,” said T.J. Watt of seeing Rudolph. “To be able to see him up on his two feet again, walking around, saying hello to the guys. It’s scary. Going through it once with Ryan (Shazier), you see a guy down like that, it’s very scary.”
There were some familiar faces missing on the practice field for the Steelers offense as well with Jaylen Samuels (knee) and James Washington (shoulder) both sidelined after suffering injuries against the Ravens. Samuels had his knee scoped on Monday and according to Tomlin he will miss around a month and is already ruled out.
“He had a knee sprain, and he’s roughly going to be out a month, but as we get closer through this process, we’ll know what the timetable looks like,” said Tomlin. “That showed up after the game, even after I visited with (the media) after the game. We had him evaluated and saw that the procedure was necessary, so we made the decision to fix it and fix it ASAP, and it was fixed (Monday).”
While Anthony Chickillo (foot) returned to practice in a limited role, and Steve Nelson (groin) was also limited, several others didn’t practice including Mark Barron (hamstring), Vance McDonald (shoulder), Justin Layne (illness) and Roosevelt Nix (knee). Maurkice Pouncey also didn’t practice, but it was not injury related.