Steelers Bench Rudolph, Name Undrafted Rookie Devlin Hodges as Starter Ahead of Browns Rematch

Nov 24, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Devlin Hodges (6) warms up before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Mason Rudolph won’t be facing off against the Cleveland Browns in the two teams’ rematch after all.

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday that undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges will start at quarterback on Sunday instead of Rudolph, who had taken over the role after Ben Roethlisberger was lost to a season-ending elbow injury suffered in Week 2.

“The decision is clear for us,” said Tomlin, who noted that the commitment was only for the upcoming week.

Rudolph was benched in the second half of the Steelers’ 16-10 win over the Bengals on Sunday after completing just eight of 16 passes for 85 yards and an interception. Hodges threw a 79-yard touchdown to wide receiver James Washington to spark the comeback.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz

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