The Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback situation remains up in the air ahead of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, but third-string quarterback Mason Rudolph had an interesting response to coach Mike Tomlin’s characterization of where Rudolph stands in comparison. with Mitch Trubisky.
With Kenny Pickett still on concussion protocol For the second time this season, Tomlin told reporters Tuesday that he won’t make a decision until he knows Pickett’s condition.
“I’m going to work with both guys this week if I get the chance if (Pickett) can’t participate,” Tomlin said. “But I’m really taking it day by day from a quarterback decision-making standpoint.
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“His day-to-day availability is a key component, so I’m not even looking at the end of the week. I’m really just looking at what tomorrow looks like and playing it by ear from that perspective.” .”
Tomlin then added that he doesn’t necessarily see Rudolph as a third-string quarterback.
“Both guys have stayed committed. It’s really been 2 and 2-A, if you will.”
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Pickett was limited in practice Wednesday, and Rudolph and Tribusky split the reps.
“It was good to get back to doing some reps and shake off the rust and be with the guys. It was fun,” Rudolph said later, via ESPN.
But when asked about Tomlin’s characterization, Rudolph gave a very scathing response.
“I felt like I hadn’t been active on Sundays,” he said.
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Trubisky won the starting job this season, but promptly lost it to Pickett before a Week 5 matchup against the Buffalo Bills.
After Trubisky threw three interceptions in last week’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Rudolph has a good chance to start over with Trubisky.