The Steelers Have Benched QB Mason Rudolph


Mason Rudolph benched by the Steelers vs. winless Bengals

Garrett was suspended indefinitely for yanking off Rudolph's helmet and hitting him with it near the end of the Browns' 21-7 victory on November 14.

Rookie Ryan Finley has played in the last three games, but there has been no upturn in results as Cincinnati - beaten 16-10 by the Pittsburgh Steelers at the weekend - have slipped to 0-11 for the season.

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The Steelers pulled the plug on Rudolph in the second half of today's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Hodges came in and promptly threw a 79-yard touchdown to James Washington to give Pittsburgh a 10-7 lead.

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Rudolph entered Sunday's matchup with a 4-3 record, 12 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on the season, replacing the injured Ben Roethlisberger. The situation quickly went from the two traded words to Garrett ripping off Rudolph's helmet and striking him with it, which drew him an indefinite suspension - and a denied appeal - and ignited a larger scrum between the two teams. Devlin Hodges was under center on Pittsburgh's next drive. Back when Hodges made his first start, Tomlin wasn't exactly heaping praise on him after a win.

"Just felt like our offence needed a spark", Tomlin told reporters following Sunday's game. Mason Rudolph struggled and Tomlin had little choice but to make the change.

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