Devlin Hodges to start at QB for Steelers Sunday against Browns

Mason Rudolph remains benched for Pittsburgh

Daryl Ruiter
November 26, 2019 - 1:11 pm
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Cleveland, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Sheldon Richardson did not get his wish.

Mason Rudolph will not start for the Steelers against the Browns Sunday in Pittsburgh meaning the principle parties in the Nov. 14 brawl will not be on the field for a rematch.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday that Delvin Hodges will start for Rudolph, who was benched in the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s 16-10 win at Cincinnati on Sunday.

“The decision is clear for us and some really clear reasons why,” Tomlin said. “Like I talked about after the game, I thought he provided us a spark in game. I'm hopeful he's capable of continuing to provide that spark as we step into this stadium.”

Hodges completed 5 of 11 passes for 118 yards, including a 79-yar touchdown to James Washington that provided the difference in Pittsburgh’s win. The undrafted rookie out of Samford started in the Steelers’ 24-17 win over the Chargers and has completed 27 of 40 passes for 318 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception.

Rudolph threw 4 interceptions in the Steelers’ 21-7 loss to the Browns less than 2 weeks ago in Cleveland prompting Richardson to say, “I hope he plays” after Cleveland’s 41-24 win over Miami. When asked why Richardson responded, “Did you see him last game?”

Rudolph managed to escape a suspension for trying to rip Myles Garrett’s helmet off him in the closing seconds and then charging at the Browns defensive end other than a $50,000 fine. Garrett responded by tearing Rudolph’s helmet off and then hitting the QB in the head with it.

Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay, a decision that was held up by appeals officer James Thrash last week.

Both franchises were fined $250,000 and the league handed out a total of $1.3 million in fines for the brawl.