Rudolph sustained a sternoclavicular joint dislocation on his left shoulder after two Jets hit him simultaneously this past Sunday, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported. The second-year QB had a successful procedure to reset it and was released from the hospital, and he can start throwing again in 6-8 weeks, Rapoport added.
The balky shoulder will force Rudolph to watch the remainder of this season, be it a week or more (if the Steelers make the playoffs), from the sideline. It also brings an end to what was an uneven campaign at best for the former third-round pick.
Rudolph completed 176 of 283 passes for 1,765 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions in his first season of action as a Steeler. It's a year that will be remembered mostly for his lack of downfield attempts, adequate play through the first half of the season and dropoff in performance that began in a nightmarish loss to Cleveland which Rudolph finished by inciting a tussle with defensive end Myles Garrett before being hit in the head by his own helmet.