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Mason Rudolph Knocked Unconscious, Walks Off Field in Game with Ravens



There were scary scenes in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Mason Rudolph was knocked unconscious on a third-down pass he completed to James Washington with 7:29 to go in the third quarter. After the throw, Rudolph was jammed between two Ravens. Earl Thomas made contact with Rudolph’s head. It looked like that initial contact knocked Rudolph out before Rudolph’s head also bounced off the ground.

“I didn’t try to intentionally hurt him,” Thomas said. “I’m worried about him. I heard he is at the hospital. My prayers are going out to him and his family. But I’m never trying to hurt anybody. At the end of the day, guys have families. I never tried to intentionally hurt him. I was just going and flying to the ball like I normally do.”

Despite the scary situation, Rudolph was able to stand up and walked off the field with assistance from teammates. Rudolph’s teammates were visibly emotional while Rudolph was on the ground.

“That is a tough experience,” Juju Smith-Schuster said. “I was just praying to God he gets up. I am praying for a speedy recovery.”

Rudolph was filmed saying, “I’m good,” after the medical staff unscrewed the facemask from his helmet.

The pass to Washington was complete for 26 yards. Rudolph had 131 yards and a touchdown in the game — his third as a starter — before leaving.

He (obviously) will not return.

“First and foremost, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to Mason Rudolph, my draft partner, my guy,” Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said after the game. “I just hope he’s doing good.”

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