Malfunctioning Cart Didn’t Affect Mason Rudolph Injury

Tomlin says QB was cleared to walk by medical staff

Jeff Hathhorn
October 08, 2019 - 1:20 pm

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) - Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Mason Rudolph remains in the concussion protocol and doesn’t have an update to his status because they will have to see how he progresses throughout the week. 

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Tomlin also said he wasn’t fully aware with what happened to the Heinz Field medical cart because he was more concerned about his quarterback.  Tomlin doesn’t believe a malfunctioning cart was an issue for Rudolph, even though he had to walk off the field instead of riding off.

“He walked off the field because he chose to walk off the field and the medical experts were comfortable with his ability to walk off the field and the safety in it,” Tomlin said.

There has been outside questioning of Rudolph having to walk off the field and the damage that could have done to him in that state.

“He was dialoging with me and others and that’s where our attention was,” Tomlin said.  “I didn’t realize that the cart story was such a story, even when I addressed you guys after the game.”

“I’m not a medical expert and the people that we have a great deal of trust in were with him.  They made the decision that it was safe to do so.  He had a desire to do so, so we didn’t analyze that overly.”