PITTSBURGH STEELERS quarterback Mason Rudolph was KO’d by a brutal hit from Earl Thomas II final night time.
The conflict in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens was stopped for 4 minutes whereas the stricken ace had therapy as shocked team-mates seemed on.
However luckily he was capable of stroll off the sphere, albeit with the assistance of two friends, after fears he may very well be extra significantly injured.
In farcical scenes, the cart despatched to select him up broke down however the NFL insist there was a spare accessible ought to medical doctors have deemed it crucial.
Rudolph – who was handed his shot when No1 Ben Roethlisberger was injured earlier within the season – missed the remainder of the sport after being positioned in concussion protocol.
Third-string passer Devlin Hodges got here in for the rest because the Ravens secured a 26-23 victory in additional time.
Security Thomas caught Rudolph flush on the chin together with his helmet however insists he did nothing flawed.
He stated: “I did not deliberately attempt to damage him. I am apprehensive about him. I heard he is on the hospital.
“It is a soccer play.It wasn’t soiled. He really received sandwiched. B-Carr [Brandon Carr] got here from behind, and I hit him from the aspect within the strike zone.
“I did not even see a flag initially. I believe as soon as they noticed how critical it was, they had been like, ‘Oh, let me throw this flag,’ which was comprehensible.”
Workforce-mate Alejandro Villanueva ran straight over to Rudolph to test he was nonetheless respiration after the hit.
Whereas vast receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was visibly shaken as occasions unfolded.
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After the game, he said: “I’ve heard of situations where the person’s not moving at all and they don’t get up.
“Schuster said. “And I was just praying to God that he gets up, and he’s our quarterback and he’s our guy. I’m praying for a speedy recovery.”